Egypt’s El-Sisi says Israelis and Palestinians can achieve peace


( Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that he believes a peace deal can be reached between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (right) in New York on Sept. 18, 2017. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

“We are trying, together with all sides who can contribute their part to this issue. The United States is the main world power that can steer the peace process toward a better future,” El-Sisi told the London-based Arabic daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.

“We, the Arabs, can convince public opinion in Israel of the advantages of peace. The benefits gained following the agreement between Egypt and Israel are evidence of that. Finding a solution to the Palestinian issue will bring about a new situation in the region. Our brothers in the Gulf states understand this issue,” he said.

The Egyptian president’s statements came a day after he met with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in the Sinai Peninsula for discussions on advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Egypt has played a mediating role between Israel and the Palestinians amid new U.S.-led regional peace efforts. El-Sisi’s government has also arbitrated between rival Palestinian factions—the PA-ruling Fatah party and the Gaza-controlling terror group Hamas—throughout their current attempt to form a unity government.

Meanwhile, El-Sisi told CNBC last weekend that he will not seek a third term as president, choosing to uphold Egypt’s constitutional maximum of two four-year terms.

“It doesn’t suit me as a president to stay one more day against the will of the Egyptians,” he said. “We will not interfere with [the constitution].”

Posted on November 7, 2017 .