Egypt Watch

Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Israel’s Bennet finish talks in Sinai

On Tuesday, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi finished talks with Israel’s PM Neftali Bennet in Sharm El-Sheikh in the first official meeting in decades. The meeting was attended by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, and Egypt’s top spy, General Abbas Kamel, and from the Israeli side, the PM’s military secretary Brig. General Avi Gil, National Security Advisor Eyal Hulata, and the Israeli PM’s advisor, Shimrit Meir, as well as the Israeli ambassador in Cairo. Bennet arrived in Egypt on Monday after Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi invited him.

From its side, the Egyptian Presidency said that the talks discussed the development of the Egyptian-Israeli relationship aside from the regional situation and the Palestinian cause in particular.

In parallel, the Israeli news website, Times of Israel, announced that EgyptAir will start four direct flights from Cairo to Tel Aviv from next month, after decades of launching flights to Tel Aviv from Sinai, far from Cairo. It came in parallel with the escalation of Israel’s air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which borders Egypt’s Sinai, a week after six Palestinian captives broke out of Gilboa Prison in Israel, before four of them were arrested again by Israeli police.