Sisi Call to Moderate Israel-Palestinian Talks Not Changing Minds in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 3, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The meeting between the two leaders was intended to increase economic and security cooperation between the two countries, who shared 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in bilateral trade …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Egyptians view President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s speech this week calling for a new effort to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement as not such a big deal, a Cairo-based columnist for the Al-Arabiya News website told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

“People who are against him are using it to show that he is against Islamic and Arab concerns, and those that support him say that the idea supports regional stability by seeking to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Abdallah Schleifer, who also is a professor emeritus at the American University in Cairo.

In other words, both sides are finding what they want in the speech, he said.

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