El-Sisi Urges Israel to Make Peace With Palestinians
JNS.org — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spontaneously appealed directly to Israeli leaders and citizens to make peace with Palestinians in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
“We have a true opportunity, a real opportunity to write a bright page in the history of our region to move towards peace,” el-Sisi said before reading his prepared written statement.
El-Sisi referred to Egypt’s peace treaty — signed with Israel in 1979 — as an exemplary model to follow.
“The Egyptian experience is wonderful and unique, and can be repeated by solving the problem of the Palestinians and establish[ing] a Palestinian state side by side (with) the Israeli state that preserves peace and security for the Palestinians and safety and security for the Israelis.”
He also praised the US and Israel’s cooperation with Egypt in the fight against terrorism, the Jerusalem Post reported.
While in New York, El-Sisi met with leaders of Jewish organizations, including B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Erdogan said he believes his country’s recently restored ties with Israel can be useful in encouraging the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.
“There is a need to allow the Palestinian people to establish an independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the two-state solution,” he said. “It is an obligation of the international community toward the Palestinian children, if nothing else.”