Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday said he is willing to mediate peace talks between rival Palestinian factions in order to subsequently bring about the resumption of negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“If we are able to solve the issue of our Palestinian brothers, it will achieve warmer peace…I ask that the Israeli leadership allow this speech to be broadcast in Israel one or two times as this is a genuine opportunity,” Sisi said during a speech at an infrastructure conference in the southern Egyptian city of Assiut.
“I say to our Palestinian brothers, you must unite the different factions in order to achieve reconciliation, and quickly,” said Sisi, referring to the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. “We as Egypt are prepared to take on this role. It is a real opportunity to find a long-awaited solution.”
Sisi believes his offer of mediation could achieve the same results it did when Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.
“After signing the peace accords, no one thought that true and lasting peace, as it exists today between Israel and Egypt, could be achieved. However, it became a permanent peace due to the changing times and reality,” he said, adding, “If we can all join forces in order to solve the Palestinian issue by creating hope for Palestinians and assuring security for Israelis, we will be able to write a new chapter that may prove to be more important than the peace accords between Israel and Egypt.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday responded to Sisi’s offer by saying, “I welcome Egyptian President El-Sisi’s remarks and his willingness to make every effort to advance a future of peace and security between us and the Palestinians and the peoples of the region.”
“Israel is ready to participate with Egypt and other Arab states in advancing both the diplomatic process and stability in the region,” Netanyahu said. “I appreciate President El-Sisi’s work and also draw encouragement from his leadership on this important issue.”