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August 11, 2015 5:37 pm

Report: Top Netanyahu Adviser Lands in Cairo for Private Meetings With Egyptian Officials

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An Israeli delegation headed by Yitzhak Molcho (pictured) headed to Cairo for secret talks with senior Egyptian officials. PHOTO: Michal Fattal/Flash90.

An Israeli delegation headed by Yitzhak Molcho (pictured) headed to Cairo for secret talks with senior Egyptian officials. PHOTO: Michal Fattal/Flash90.

An high-level Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Tuesday afternoon for private meetings with senior Egyptian officials, Israel’s Channel 2 reported, citing Turkish news agency Anadolu.

According to the report, the group was headed by attorney Yitzhak Molcho, a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former chief peace negotiator with the Palestinians.

Due to the secret nature of the meetings, no details save Molcho’s presence in Cairo were released to the press.

The development comes amid reports of strengthening Egyptian-Israeli security and diplomatic relations. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in June assigned senior diplomat Hazem Khairat to serve as the country’s first ambassador to Israel in three years. Khairat is expected to arrive in Tel Aviv this fall after Israel confirmed the appointment and welcomed Egypt’s decision.

Khairat belongs to a well-known family of diplomats, and has served as Egypt’s representative to the Arab League, as well as Egypt’s ambassador to Syria and Chile.

He will replace Atef Salam el-Ahl, the last Egyptian ambassador to Jerusalem who was recalled in 2012 by then-president Mohammad Morsi over the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Since that time, the highest-ranking diplomat at the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv has been the deputy ambassador.

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  • Tony Ramos

    Egypt should, explicitly and loudly, offer Hamas land in the Sinai along the Mediterranean 5 times larger than the current Gaza strip for a Palestinian homeland. There is a rumor they already did this through back-channels.

    Palestinians would have a huge country on the ocean-front to build a beautiful and successful state and leave Israel alone. Remember, there is NO mention of Jerusalem in the Qu’ran – that is fabricated.

  • GD

    in response to C.B.
    Gaza strip was never a part of Egypt. Even between 1948 to 1967 ut was seperated from Egypt. those born in gaza between these years are not Egyptiana. The moovement between gaza and egypt was contingent upon licence.
    Gaza was held by egypt “in trust for the palestinians”.

  • GD

    It should be recalled that Arafat Be an Egyptian intelligence officer sent by the Egyptians to take control of the PLO and through Palestine to replace Israel. Abdul Nasser himself is the one who came to Jerusalem (under Jordanian rule) and capped where Arafat.
    The Egyptian approach and policy to the question of Palestine is constant over the years.
    Peace policy, is reduced to a narrow interpretation of the peace treaty registered, and what there is not – is not .
    Egyptians are “allowed” Aqsa Martyrs to lay the foundations of firing rockets on Israel, they interfered Israel fight tunnels under the Philadelphi route. Endless travels of Israeli politician and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, did not help to “expose the smuggling”.
    Egyptians didn’t find missiles but they found any bullet forgotten in Israeli car on their way to vacation in the Gulf of Elate.
    Whenever there is a junction of decisions tyegurding the Question of Palestine, as before / after the operation, to the UN and others, we find the heads of the PLO / Fatah in Cairo for “talks” Instructions,
    In Cairo was held the first but not last meeting with Ahmadinejad on 6 February 2003.
    I do not know what are the expectation of Israel on this meeting . Making extrapolation on similar events in the past, these meeting will be ‘Talk to the Sphinx’ – hearing everything with a calm face but never responds.

  • If again and again if Gaza is not for administering the province, Egypt should reoccupy the land

  • Shalom-Hillel

    Great to hear this. Israel can help Egypt in many ways. They both have an interest in stopping terrorist groups. Under El-Sisi there can eventually be a warm alliance between the two countries.