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February 11, 2016 12:44 pm

US Jewish Leaders Meet With El-Sisi in Egypt, Following Talks With Turkey’s Erdogan

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Malcolm Hoenlein. Photo: Algemeiner.

Malcolm Hoenlein. Photo: Algemeiner.

US Jewish leaders met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations delegation was led by executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, whom the news outlet described as “close” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The group spent more than two hours in talks with the Egyptian leader.

Participants said Sisi carried a positive message, saying he was committed to the ongoing existence of common interests between Egypt and the US.

According to a press release by the Conference of Presidents, the meeting “covered a wide range of domestic and international issues, including US-Egyptian and Israeli-Egyptian relations, regional threats, especially those posed by terrorist organizations and their supporters, and Iran post-JCPOA,” the nuclear deal the Islamic Republic reached with world powers last July.

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“The Jewish leaders said that they had an open and very productive discussion and that they were impressed by the president’s analysis on a wide variety of issues,” according to the statement.

The delegation met with el-Sisi a few days after landing in Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu — reportedly the first such meeting since Israeli-Turkish relations began to deteriorate about seven years ago. The delegation was accompanied by the heads of the Turkish Jewish Community, led by Ishak Ibrahimzadeh. 

According to the Conference of Presidents, “President Erdogan outlined eight of his policy priorities, including the issue of energy and potential for regional cooperation involving Israel as well.”

Israeli and Turkish officials have intimated over the last couple of months that the two countries were close to ending the bilateral standoff precipitated by the Israeli military’s raid of a Turkish ship that was attempting to penetrate the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza in 2010, which resulted in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.

Still, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Thursday, there were still obstacles to overcome before a full resumption of ties, including Turkey’s ongoing support of Hamas through the Muslim Brotherhood and its hosting of Hamas leaders in Istanbul. Last month, Ya’alon said ISIS was “enjoying Turkish money for oil,” echoing Russian complaints. 

Hoenlein has met with other leaders in the Arab world in the past, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011, shortly before the beginning of the unrest that spiraled into the civil war that has been raging for years.

At the time, reports surfaced that he had been asked by Netanyahu to deliver a message to Assad — as Syria and Israel are technically still at war. However, Hoenlein denied the reports and said he was invited by Assad himself, according to Haaretz.

The Conference of Presidents mission is next headed to Israel.

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  • Sam Harris

    Hoenlein is a tireless agent of the Jewish World.May he be blessed!

  • Mickey Oberman

    Agreements with Egypt are a good thing if they benefit both parties but they are still not full peace agreements.
    There is no apparent effort by Egypt to end the Egyptian’s hate policy toward Israel and Jews.
    So beware!

    As for Turkey and Erdogan. He is still dreaming of another Ottoman Empire with himself at the head.
    Israel should concede nothing whatsoever to him and must never trust him or his agreements or words.

  • This meeting is a very important meeting in the physical history of the region, back to the truth! Back to “The art of livelihood” and out of “The birth of death”!

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Israel is certainly under pressure, Russia and Iran enormous power in Syria that is most in Russia hand now is undermine Turkey Erdogan aspiration to restore the caliphate and old Ottoman regime that had genocide million (including Jews). Also Israel having Iran with Russia next door is deadly drammatic. That Israel search support from local even not best friendly one and especially with Egypt after the Obama pour support is logical. Israel need all support possible in a world that is more and more supporting they terrorist enemy. I cannot suggest that US till Obama and is administration is in power to be more effective in stop Russia genocide of people and help Israel ending PLO and Hamas-Gaza action and unwilling to peace.

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Israel is certainly under pressure, Russia and Iran enormous power in Syria, that is most in Russia hand now, is undermine Turkey Erdogan aspiration to restore the caliphate and old Ottoman regime that had genocide million (including Jews). Also Israel having Iran with Russia next door is deadly drammatic. That Israel search support in common interest from local countries, even not best friend, especially with Egypt is natural. Especially after Obama pour support, is logical that Israel is looking around, in a world that is more and more hostile . I cannot see US, till Obama and his administration is in power, to be more effective in stop Russia genocide of people and help Israel ending PLO and Hamas-Gaza action and unwilling to peace.

  • Turkey is a liability for israel because russia does not like that country. the orthodox church of russia as well as greece does not like that country. Apart from the economic point of view it is of no use for Israel.

  • Yadja

    Sisi is a good person and still being punished by O for deposing Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood. Sisi had a TV interview on American channels and he was wonderful and right on about Radical Religious Islam, even our allies in the ME recognize who that segment is and the needed changes to their teachings before the world has peace. Sisi under threats of death always due to his fight against ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood.

    Now Endrogen he is a Muslim and tried to put Sharia Law into place and was brought down by the people and almost buried but came back to life unfortunately and is not to be trusted by Israel or any civilized country. He is making money off this war.

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