Egyptian presidential hopeful El-Sisi says he would respect peace treaty with Israel

Egyptian presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Credit: RogDel via Wikimedia Commons.

( Egyptian presidential hopeful and former military chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said he would honor the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty if elected president. 

“I respect all international accords, including the treaty with Israel,” El-Sisi said in the second part of a wide-ranging interview with Egyptian TV ahead of country’s presidential election later this month, AFP reported.

But El-Sisi also urged Israel to make concessions with the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement, saying that such a development would help Israel’s standing in the region.

“They have to help us with something of value for the Palestinians. Let us see a Palestinian nation with Jerusalem as the capital. That would make us all happy,” El-Sisi said.

“There is an opportunity to give the Palestinians hope, and that hope will open a lot of doors in the region,” he added. 

In the first part of the interview, which aired Monday, El-Sisi vowed to “finish” the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Posted on May 7, 2014 .