Egypt supports permanent solution between Palestinians, Israelis: El-Sisi tells Bennett

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Jun 2021

El-Sisi highlighted the need to prevent the escalation of tensions between the two sides

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi& Naftali Bennett
Combined image of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi voiced on Monday Egypt’s support to the efforts to reach a fair, permanent solution between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

In a phone call with new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, El-Sisi highlighted the need to prevent the escalation of tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The phone call is the first between El-Sisi and Bennett since the new Israeli govenrmnet was formed in mid-June. According to Radi, the phone call comes in occassion of Bennett's assumption of his new post.

The call also comes over a month after Israel and Palestinian factions agreed on an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza Strip following 11 days of Israeli aggression.

The ceasefire ended a series of Israeli air strikes that killed more than 250 and injured thousands of Palestinians in the enclave.

Egypt also announced allocating $500 million for the reconstruction of the Strip and sent the Egyptian intelligence chief to the Palestinian and Israeli lands to consolidate the ceasefire with both parties.

The Egyptian authorities have also opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza and received Palestinians injured during the Israeli assault.

During the phone call, Bennett expressed his appreciation of the Egyptian efforts to achieve security and stability in the region, Radi said.

Bennett voiced appreciation of Egypt’s success to reach the latest ceasefire agreement and its sponsorship of the prisoner swap between the two sides.

He also hailed the results achieved since Egypt and Israel signed the US-sponsored peace agreement, Radi said.

El-Sisi and Bennett also discussed bilateral relations.

In numerous phone calls with world leaders, El-Sisi affirmed the urgent need to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations after the recent escalation in Gaza.

The Palestinian factions in the enclave have fired thousands of rockets at Israeli cities in response to Israeli aggression in East Jerusalem against worshippers and attempts to forcibly evict some families in Sheikh Jarrah district.

Israeli air strikes that came in parallel with the rocket attacks and continued for 11 days destroyed hundreds of buildings and displaced tens of thousands of Palestinians.

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