Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday praised Egyptian President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi for calling to expand Egypt’s peace with Israel to include more Arab countries.
In a statement released at noon, Netanyahu also called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table.
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“Prime Minister Netanyahu again calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return immediately to the negotiating table in order to advance the diplomatic process.”
Netanyahu will soon be leaving for the US to address the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. At the same time Abbas will be in the UN as well, where he has promised to drop a “bombshell” during his speech.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid also praised Sisi’s comments, made in an interview with the AP on Sunday, saying that they prove there is a chance to pursue a regional agreement.
Lapid said, “I praise the comments made today by the Egyptian president. Sisi’s comments prove that there exists today an opportunity to advance a regional agreement with moderate Arab states.”
Lapid added: “Real leadership needs to take advantage of strategic opportunities that can strengthen the security of Israel. An agreement such as this will enable us to form an axis of moderate states against Iran and against growing terror in the Middle East, will preserve the security interests of Israel and will allow the continuance of Israel as a Jewish state, ” Yesh Atid leader Lapid said.
In an announsment released by Lapid’s office said that after the holiday, Lapid is traveling to the United States to present his diplomatic initiative for a regional accord to US administration officials and American lawmakers.