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November 23, 2014 5:36 pm

Egyptian President El-Sisi: Israeli-Palestinian Peace is ‘Foreseeable’

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Campaign photo of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian Defense Minister who has resigned to run for president. Photo: El-Sisi Campaign.

Campaign photo of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian Defense Minister who resigned to run for president. Photo: El-Sisi Campaign.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in an interview on Thursday that he believes peace between Israelis and Palestinians will be possible one day.

“I have spoken to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, and peace is foreseeable,” he said, speaking to France 24 in his first-ever interview with a European media outlet.

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The Egyptian president also said he will not let the Sinai Peninsula become a base for attacks against its neighbors, included Israel. He added that Palestinian statehood “would solve lots of issues” by defusing tensions and preventing terror in the region. “We should not forget that one of the causes of terrorism is the Palestinian issue,” he claimed.

“The Palestinians are frustrated, are disappointed are hopeless. When I talk to Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu I always tell him we need to deliver some hope to the Palestinians,” he told France 24. “We have to give them a state so that they could live in peace alongside with the Israeli people…We must provide all the guarantees for the emerging Palestinian state and for the state of Israel so that none of the two countries will be a danger for the other state. Without this, the tension will last and the instability will last too.”

El-Sisi insisted that Egypt is ready to contribute and deliver guarantees for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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