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Sisi: I Would Uphold Treaty With Israel

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Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday that he would continue to maintain the terms of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty as president of the country.

According to a report in the Hebrew-language Yedioth Aharonoth, al-Sisi made the comments during a televised debate with his main rival, Hamadeen Sabahi. “The peace treaty with Israel is stable, and it is implanted deep within the Egyptian people,” he said.

Sabahi’s reaction to al-Sisi’s claim was immediate, and furious. “Who gave al-Sisi the authority to talk about peace in the name of the Egyptian people? How would he possibly know what people really think about the treaty or about Israel?”, Sabahi asked.

Sabahi is a long-time opponent of normalisation with Israel, and was one of Egypt’s leading dissident voices during the administrations of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. He was jailed at least 17 times for challenging the government on a variety of issues, most prominently about ties with Israel.

During the 2011 campaign following Mubarak’s ouster, Sabahi avoided questions about whether he would uphold the military protocol of the treaty with Israel. But he did pledge to violate the civilian protocol of the treaty by cutting gas exports to Israel. He also pledged support for Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon.

“Undoubtedly we will consider everything according to our interests. Resistance is legitimate, and every Arab has the right to resist the occupation of any part of our Arab land. I think that it is the time for Egypt to end its backstabbing role against the resistance, as it has neither resisted, nor helped the resistance,” he told The Majalla online magazine in May, 2011.

Yedioth also reported that al-Sisi has been the subject of multiple assassination attempts since last summer, mostly at the hands of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Egypt will hold presidential elections on May 26 and 27.

About the Author: Avi is a news writer for The Jewish Press. In the past, he has covered Israel and the Jewish world for Israel National News, Ami magazine and other international media.


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9 Responses to “Sisi: I Would Uphold Treaty With Israel”

  1. Alex Joe says:

    This article is just a lie, because it didn’t even happen a debate between Sabahi and Sisi !

  2. NO debate between Sabahi and Sisi ??? Then what is this all about??

  3. I like the israelis…could someone add me up please

  4. Voltaire Averroes, when 'the Palestinians' decide to become as reasonable in their world view – which includes Israel – as General Al Sisi, then they would find out very quickly that this brings them far more 'good fortune' than their current attitude is garnering.

  5. So what – even if what you say would be the only truth in this matter? The fact is, being peaceful with Israel, has great advantages for Egypt – and isn't THIS exactly what a good government should provide for her people?
    I would rather live in a country which does not constantly looks for battles with our neighbours – even if our religious or other world views would differ. Once again : SO WHAT?

  6. I like this man. I like and appreciate his pragmatism. He is not ruled by his emotions – which is of such an explosive nature in far too many Arab
    lives. May he succeed to bring some stability to his people DESPITE having to contend with sorry characters such as Sahabi in his nation, who surely do not have the overall welfare of their fellow Egyptians on their minds first and foremost. My prayers to The Lord God of Israel are with him.

  7. Judith Dowla says:

    Hope he has the long arm of G-D protecting and guiding him. His principles sound strong and opposition is always there to strengthen a human being in their belief pattern. Let`s face it, we are all cut from the same piece of cloth. Did anyone else create human beings besides ADONAI? Not that I know of.

  8. Judith Dowla says:

    Voltaire Averroès . Yes, Voltaire, you need to be heard too. We are all in this together. We are in survive mode and each human being has been given the gift of life by the Creator. Let`s start operating as a team, G-D and Man and Woman (the help meet). Your point has been well taken by a former Muslim, Christian, Jew (yes that is me) Understand to some degree what you are talking about. And it`s not about “death to the enemy.“ We need to change our thinking and doing and being. Agree or Disagree.

  9. Judith Dowla says:

    Russian is looking for more natural resources as well, a doorway into the Middle East's wealth. Russia is an opportunist for survival of self and her people. The Middle East holds a very important key in the world and it centers on Jerusalem for the Muslims, Jews and others. It is a hot spot, where issues of contention brew. It's a wait and see for now

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