נשיא מצרים א-סיסי, ראש הממשלה נפתלי בנט
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Photo: AFP, Yonotan Zindel
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Bennett meets Sisi in first visit by Israeli premier in decade

Meeting in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of Sinai peninsula leaders discuss 'ways and efforts to revive the peace process' between Israel and Palestinians

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Published: 09.13.21, 14:36
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral issues, Egypt's presidency said, in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.
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  • Bennett, the head of a far-right party who took office in June, was invited to visit by Sisi last month and the two were due to meet in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
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    נשיא מצרים א-סיסי, ראש הממשלה נפתלי בנט
    נשיא מצרים א-סיסי, ראש הממשלה נפתלי בנט
    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
    (Photo: AFP, Yonotan Zindel)
    The discussions address "ways and efforts to revive the peace process" between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt's presidency said in a statement, as well as bilateral and regional matters.
    Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and analysts say there is little prospect of reviving them. Bennett, a nationalist atop a cross-partisan coalition, opposes Palestinian statehood.
    One focus of Monday's talks is the situation in the Gaza Strip, where Egypt helped broker a ceasefire after 11 days of conflict in May between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the enclave, diplomatic and security sources said.
    An uptick in cross-border violence since late August has tested the fragile truce. Over the past week, Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel for three nights in a row, drawing Israeli airstrikes.
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    Police guard at the Ruwaysat entrance of the security cement barrier built around the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh
    Police guard at the Ruwaysat entrance of the security cement barrier built around the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh
    Police guard at the Ruwaysat entrance of the security cement barrier built around the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Bennett and Sisi are also expected to discuss regional issues including Iran's influence in the Middle East and the crisis in Lebanon, diplomats said.
    Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but relations have remained cool, restricted to security cooperation and limited economic links.
    Egypt's brokering of the Gaza truce allowed it to reassert its diplomatic role in the region in the wake of deals by four Arab states to normalize ties with Israel last year.
    The last official visit by an Israeli prime minister to Egypt was when Benjamin Netanyahu met former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, just before the uprising that toppled Mubarak.
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