Israel PM scheduled to meet Egyptian President in NY

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sissi in New York

This was the first public meeting of the two leaders since el-Sisi began his term in office.

On Monday morning, al-Sisi met with a group of American Jewish leaders to discuss the Trump administration's efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Monday's meeting, which follows mediation in Cairo between Palestinian arch-rivals Fatah and Hamas, reflects Egypt's will to return to the forefront of the Middle East diplomatic scene.

The Egyptian president's office released a similar pronouncement, saying that the two leaders discussed "ways to resume the peace process and establish a Palestinian state".

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and the Egyptian intelligence head Khaled Fawzy, who has been heavily involved in the recent negotiations over a Palestinian unity government, also participated in yesterday's meeting, according to Haaretz.

During meetings between Al-Sisi and Trump, the latter hardly touched on the human rights issues in Egypt, even though he was urged to do so by several rights organizations. "We hope that the next meetings will take on a routine character", Hanegbi, a close friend of Netanyahu, said on Israeli military radio.

Netanyahu - speaking at an event earlier this month - noted that the current shift is more profound than the one after the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, and the 1994 Israeli peace treaty with Jordan.

Both the Bahraini and Egyptian events adhere to the narrative often touted by Netanyahu that a significant regional shift is occurring - and that Arab nations are becoming more pragmatic in their approach toward relations with the Jewish state. Earlier, el-Sisi met with Mahmoud Abbas and discussed the peace process as well as the reconciliation between the Palestinian factions.

The United States will consider resuming its suspended military aid to Egypt, president Donald Trump said on Wednesday. "There will be no peace if we can not anchor Israel's security".

Sisi addressed the General Assembly hours after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



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