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El-Sisi Walks Back Statement to AP about Israeli-Arab Peace

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

(JNi.media) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s office announced on Monday that the translation of the president’s interview with the Associated Press on Saturday on the peace process and relations between Arab countries and Israel was not accurate, Al Ahram reported Tuesday. According to the AP, on Saturday night El-Sisi said that Egypt’s 40-year-peace with Israel should be expanded to include more Arab countries—while resolving the Palestinian issue. “Efforts should be renewed to solve the Palestinian issue and expand Egypt’s nearly 40-year-peace with Israel to include more Arab countries,” he was quoted as having said.

But Alaa Youssef, a spokesperson for the Egyptian president, responding to questions by Egyptian journalists in New York, said that El-Sisi spoke about reaching a complete peace solution in the Middle East and how it would be positive for all the people in the region.

Youssef added that when the Egyptian president spoke about relations between Arab countries and Israel, he stressed that it would not happen except after a solution is reached to the Palestinian issue, and there’s a declaration of a Palestinian state according to the 4 June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The official spokesperson added that only establishing a Palestinian state would create a new reality that would allow the peace between Egypt and Israel to expand into other Arab countries. The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative calls for Israel’s withdrawal from the Palestinian territories in exchange for full normalization of ties between Israel and the Arab world.

El-Sisi’s quotes were later understood in the Arab media as if the Egyptian president was calling for the expansion of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel to include other Arab countries, Al Ahram reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted he welcomed the El-Sisi statement calling on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “to return immediately to the negotiating table in order to advance the diplomatic process.”

Egypt Establishes Anti-Terror Criminal Justice System

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The Egyptian government is creating an entire wraparound system to deal with terrorism from the grassroots level, to the courts.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi approved on Sunday a new anti-terrorism law to set up special courts to deal with terror crimes. The law also lists sentences for the various crimes, ranging from a minimum of five years, up to and including the death penalty.

Conviction on charges of forming or leading a “terrorist entity” under the new law will be punishable by life in prison or death. Membership in a “terrorist entity” will carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Being pronounced guilty on charges of financing a “terrorist group” will also be punished with life in prison – a sentence similar to that in the United States, which carries a minimum of 25 years of incarceration.

Incitement to violence – which in Egypt includes “promoting ideas that call for violence” – will be punishable by a penalty of five to seven years in prison. Such incitement can also include creation or use of a website to carry such ideas, according to the new law.

In addition, the legislation provides protection in connection for those “performing their duties” while enforcing the law. Security personnel have been at the forefront of the battle against the terrorist groups attempting to topple el-Sisi’s government in the past two years.

The changes were made against the backdrop of an escalating war on terror that has become increasingly vicious after a car bombing that took the life of the nation’s attorney general and chief public prosecutor in July.

Egyptian security forces have been faced with an ongoing war with terrorist entities operating in the Sinai Peninsula such as the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province organization (formerly Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Hamas terrorists who are also providing support to Sinai Province, and the Iranian sponsored Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has signed into law new election legislation that expands the number of parliamentary seats for individual candidates.

According to the new law, the number of individual candidates able to win seats in the parliament has increased from 420 to 448. The number of seats allocated to party lists – as in Israel – with quotas for women, youth and Christians – is still limited to 120.

The new legislation opens the way for the country’s electoral committee to schedule a date for parliamentary polls, originally due in March. That date was delayed after Egypt’s Constitutional Court found that part of the current election law was unconstitutional.

In related news, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo on Sunday for strategic talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. The two sides agreed to continue “close cooperation to improve their mutual security, to combat terrorism and extremism and to work together to delegitimize terrorist narratives,” said a State Department spokesperson. The U.S. also welcomed Egypt’s participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

In addition, the two sides emphasized the importance of attaining a “comprehensive, just and lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians which fulfills the vision of the two-state solution in accordance with the agreed principles and international resolutions,” the statement said.

ISIS Prompts State of Emergency in Tunisia, Declaration of ‘War’ in Egypt

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a state of emergency in the wake of ISIS (Da’esh) attacks on its soil, according to the state-run TAP news agency. The president made the move in response to the massacre by Da’esh terrorists of dozens of tourists on a hotel beach in the town of Sousse a scant week ago, according to TAP.

Not since the 2011 Jasmine Revolution that deposed former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has the country’s government declared a state of emergency. At least 38 foreign tourists were slaughtered during the attack, most of the British and more than a hundred others were wounded.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Sunday (July 5) the UK will erect a permanent memorial in Britain to honor the victims of that horrific attack. A second monument will be created to honor victims of other terror attacks overseas as well, he said.

Da’esh followed up the massacres – which also included additional murders in France, Kuwait and Kobani, Syria – with massive attacks by affiliates in the Sinai Peninsula and an announcement of executions at the ancient ruins of Palmyra.

Last week the ISIS-linked “Sinai Province” terror group formerly called Ansar Bayt al Maqdis launched attacks on Egyptian soldiers and police in 15 locations in the Sinai Peninsula.

Making it clear the government views the attacks by Da’esh as an existential threat, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia and flew home to take command of what he has called the “war” on terror.

El-Sisi also called on Israel to cooperate with Egypt in any battle against Da’esh that might flow over the Gaza border. Israel has agreed to allow Egypt to beef up its troops in Sinai beyond the restrictions of the current peace treaty between the two nations. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces went to high alert last week along the southern border and has closed Highway 12, which traverses the southern Negev from the coast to Eilat, indefinitely.

The precautions were well advised: On Friday, Da’esh launched a triple rocket attack from the Sinai Peninsula against southern Israel; miraculously, none of the Grad Katyusha missiles reached residential areas.

On Saturday, Egypt launched air strikes against the group’s stronghold at Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai, eliminating 12 terrorists and destroying caches of weaponry and explosives, according to security sources. El-Sisi visited the province to inspect the site where some of the bloodiest battles in years have taken place.

Sinai Province is hoping to oust the Egyptian president who removed the Muslim Brotherhood-backed former President Mohamed Morsi two years ago after a year of constant street protests against his Islamist regime.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization was also spawned by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood; IDF sources told journalists last week there is evidence proving that Hamas has been actively helping Sinai Province in its battles against the Egyptian government forces.

Da’esh also released a video Saturday (July 4) showing the mass execution of at least 27 Syrian Army soldiers in the ruins of the Roman Theater in the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Experts who viewed the video estimated that the executions had taken place shortly after Da’esh seized control of the site, sometime in late May.

Terrorists Assassinate Egypt’s Attorney General

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat, 64, was assassinated Monday in a deadly car bombing in Cairo, the most senior official to die in a terrorist attack since the election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. No one has taken responsibility for the attack thus far.

At least nine other victims were also killed. The explosion came from a bomb in a parked car triggered remotely as Barakat’s convoy left his home.

Former President Mohamed Morsi, was sentenced to death last month by an Egyptian court after his conviction on charges relating to a prison breakout in 2011. The Muslim Brotherhood-backed former president was ousted from his position two years ago.

The group was outlawed prior to the Arab Spring and subsequently once more when it refused to end violent nationwide demonstrations by radical Islamists following Morsi’s ouster from office. The Muslim Brotherhood has also become increasingly enraged at subsequent convictions of its members in connection with the violence and subsequent long prison terms imposed by Egyptian judges.

The relationship between that organization — which was also gave rise to the Hamas terrorist organization based in Gaza — and the rapidly developing Egyptian branch of Da’esh (ISIS), is no longer clear.

Last month Egyptian Da’esh urged its followers to attack the judges who have been handing down decisions against members of the Muslim Brotherhood. That directive may have been behind the assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor.

Last week, attacks by different branches of Da’esh (ISIS) carried out savage attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia, and Syria in what the group’s supporters celebrated as “Black Friday.”

In Grenoble, France, the owner of an American firm was beheaded and two other people were wounded. In Sousse, Tunisia, at least 37 people were murdered; 25 were slaughtered in a terror attack at a Kuwaiti mosque in Kuwait City. In Kobani, Syria, the lives of at least 200 innocents were taken.

‘Press Freedom’ Shows US-Backed Egyptian Regime is ‘Mubarak Number 3’

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

A New York-based group of journalists say there is an “unprecedented threat” to journalists in Egypt, where Obama backs the current regime.

The threat to journalists under Egypt’s regime of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is “unprecedented,” the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), warned Thursday.

President Barack Obama has backed the Al-Sisi regime after backing, and then turning his back, on Hosni Mubarak and then Mohammed Morsi of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood party.

In a report filed by The Associated Press, the committee of journalists said that Egypt has imprisoned 18 news reporters , mostly for accusations that they are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

“CPJ spoke to high-level officials, including the prosecutor-general and the minister of transitional justice, who denied that Egypt was holding any journalists in jail in relation to their work,” the group said. “But CPJ research shows that the government of el-Sisi … has used the pretext of national security to crack down on human rights, including press freedom.

One case cited is that of Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, arrested in August 2013 while taking photographs of the violent dispersal of a pro-Morsi protest where Al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ‘s police and army killed hundreds of demonstrators.

The journalist still is in prison, but no charges have been filed.

Egypt Returning Ambassador to Israel

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

After three years, Egypt has returned their Ambassador to Israel, absent ever since former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi recalled the previous ambassador, Atef Salem.

Former Egyptian ambassador to Chile Hazem Khairat has been appointed by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the post.

No date has yet been set for when Khairat will present his credentials to Israeli president Ruby Rivlin.

Since El-Sisi’s coup and election, Israel’s relations with Egypt have significantly improved.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-returning-ambassador-to-israel/2015/06/22/

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