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After 9 Years Egypt Foreign Minister Meeting Netanyahu to ‘Promote Peace Process’

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrives in Israel Sunday to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the first visit of an Egyptian FM in nine years. The PM told his cabinet meeting Sunday that he would meet with the visitor twice, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. Shoukry met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas two weeks ago.

According to Egyptian diplomats speaking to Ma’an, Shoukry’s visit will focus on Egyptian proposals to kickstart the peace process once again, as well as the French peace initiative. The man behind today’s visit, according to Netanyahu, was his special emissary, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, the chief negotiator on behalf of Netanyahu in the Israeli negotiating team.

According to a statement released by Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid, the Shoukry visit is the next step in a process begun by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who a few months ago called on all the parties in Israel to unite around the peace process with the Palestinians and on Arab countries to also enlist to promote the peace.

Since he has managed to expand his ruling coalition from 61 to 67 members, Netanyahu has been speaking freely about his desire for a regional political move, a topic he raised in his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago, in Rome.

David Israel

Incoming Defense Minister Rattles Israeli Political Establishment

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner

The news that MK Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteynu party, will be Israel’s next defense minister has rocked the political establishment on the right and left.

Liberman, a tough-talking former ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has sought the Defense Ministry portfolio for years – and appears set to receive it after a deal struck with Netanyahu on Wednesday.

Liberman’s rise followed a tumultuous day of negotiations and backroom deals in which both Liberman and MK Isaac Herzog, chairman of the historically left-wing Labor party, vied for the job of defense minister and the chance to enter Netanyahu’s government.

“I regret the prime minister’s decision. I did not imagine that he would make such a paradoxical and dangerous move,” said MK Benny Begin, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday morning. “The prime minister has been very proud of what he called ‘a reasonable, balanced and responsible’ defense policy, while Liberman’s statements give an opposite impression.”

Netanyahu received harsh criticism from opposition parties as well, including Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah, who blasted Netanyahu for “bartering the most sensitive and important positions as if nothing mattered” in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Liberman was an ally of Netanyahu – the two ran together in a united party during the 2013 election after which Liberman became foreign minister – until they had a public falling out two years ago. The Yisrael Beiteynu party remained in the opposition after last year’s election, and as recently as March Liberman castigated Netanyahu as a “liar, cheat, and con man.”

Liberman has been a frequent advocate for a harsher military response toward Palestinian Authority terrorism, notably against the Hamas terror group that runs Gaza.

“The elimination of Hamas is the primary mission of the Israeli government and as defense minister I will carry it out,” Liberman said before last year’s elections. “We will not reach agreements and understandings with them. The only agreement that can be reached with Hamas is when they are buried in the ground,” he said, adding that such an Israeli policy cannot be implemented when the government is comprised of “a coalition of nerds.”

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that Tony Blair, the Quartet’s envoy to the Middle East and a former British prime minister, colluded with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to push Herzog into the government – a move reportedly designed to facilitate a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority. According to the report in the Israeli daily Haaretz, Blair even met with Herzog’s political partner, MK Tzipi Livni, in her Tel Aviv home this week, despite the fact that she is sitting shiva – the Jewish mourning ritual – for her brother.

Liberman is set to replace current Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a senior Likud member who has recently clashed with Netanyahu over a series of issues related to the IDF’s independence from the political establishment.

Ya’alon, apparently alluding to the news of his ouster, said on Thursday that Israel is facing a crisis of leadership. “There is a loss of our moral compass on basic issues,” Ya’alon said. “If I had to give a golden tip, it would be to navigate with a compass rather than a weather vane. Navigation with a compass is tried and true, and it’s also a question of leadership.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

IDF Confirms Hamas ‘Partnering’ With ISIS in Sinai

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

IDF officials warned this week that between 600 to 1,000 Da’esh (ISIS) operatives in the Sinai Peninsula are now “partnering” with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

In a graphic posted to the military service English-language blog online, the IDF confirmed Hamas support for Da’esh is wide-ranging.

Hamas transfers money for the terrorist organization, trains and teaches its fighters, assists with communications and also provides medical care when necessary.

Those services are provided via the cross-border smuggler tunnels that snake below the surface under the Gaza-Egyptian border.

Hamas was created by the outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, which is bent on overthrowing the Cairo regime of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Former Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted after only a year in power; more than one million Egyptians rose up to protest against his rule, which followed the chaos of the Arab Spring.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Cabinet Approves Counter-Terror Measures

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Israel’s Security Cabinet approved at its meeting late Monday night new, upgraded counter-terror measures to address the current uptick in Arab violence.

Demolitions of homes belonging to terrorists convicted of murder and assassination would be stepped up, according to the new regulations.

In addition, security and military units assigned to keep order are being reinforced in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Special police units are starting to conduct “deep raids” and maintain a presence in Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods from which rioters and other Arab attackers originate.

In addition, Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh reported in a tweet Tuesday morning, “Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are pressuring Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to take measures to prevent further deterioration.”

If true, it would signify that Jordan and Egypt are taking steps to end the calculated chaos in the Palestinian Authority since Abbas lit the fuse from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly.

Hana Levi Julian

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.”

JNi.Media

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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