Netanyahu at Egypt National Day: Israel Wants Regional Peace

July 11, 2019

by: Kate Norman

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) poses with his wife Sara (L) and Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Khaled Azmi at an Egyptian event.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, joined the Egyptian ambassador to Israel at his residence to mark Egypt National Day.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of peace between Israel and Egypt,” Netanyahu proclaimed. “On the 40th year of our peace, we hope to achieve many other things between us and in our region.”

On July 23, Egypt will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952 to become a republic. Though Israel and Egypt fought bitterly in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the Six Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the two nations signed a peace treaty in 1979. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the agreement in Washington DC with US President Jimmy Carter looking on.

Netanyahu lauded yesterday the “historic achievement” of the long-lasting peace between the nations in the past decades.

“It has had to weather some storms,” the prime minister said. “It is weathering storms now. I don’t mean between us, I mean a storm that is ravishing our region right now and seeks to impose on us an unforgiving, violent creed.”

The Jewish state and its neighbor have since bypassed some of the limits set by the 1979 agreement, mainly the Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula and the Egyptian demilitarization of that zone in cooperation to combat radical Islamic militants in the region. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi confirmed in January that the two militaries were cooperating more closely than ever before.

Netanyahu said Israel, Egypt and others in the region are combatting the “extremism,” “violence” and “terrorism,” before commending President el-Sisi “for standing strong against this tide of extremism and terrorism.”

Not missing an opportunity, Netanyahu said everyone is looking forward to the release of US President Trump’s peace plan for the region.

“Everyone should have an open heart and an open mind to consider the specific proposals when they’re put forward,” he added, likely alluding to the Palestinians premature rejection of the unreleased proposal.

The release of the plan has been delayed several times due to different circumstances. The latest release date was set for some time following the Israeli elections in April, but was delayed again after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition and the Jewish state was called to go through another round of elections in September.

Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt hinted that the proposal might not be delayed until after the next Israeli election after all.

“We have not decided when we will release the political vision,” Greenblatt told Palestinian Al-Ayyam news. “We are taking into account the Israeli election to decide whether we should release it before the elections or after, before the government is formed or after.”

Posted on July 11, 2019

Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 11, 2019)

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