Israeli and Egyptian Christian leaders congratulate El-Sisi on presidential victory

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Credit: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Secretary of Defense via Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli officials as well as leaders of Egypt’s Christian community congratulated Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on winning the Egyptian presidential election. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres both spoke with El-Sisi on Friday. “Prime Minister Netanyahu noted to the Egyptian president-elect the strategic importance of ties between the countries and in sustaining the peace accords between them,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Pope Tawadros II, who heads Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, described El-Sisi’s win as “the fruit of the people’s trust and indication of clear popular will,” Al-Ahram reported. 

Tawadros has been outspoken in his support of El-Sisi. Last year he appeared alongside El-Sisi, along with his Muslim counterpart Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, head of Al-Azhar University, to give legitimacy to the new military-backed government following the ouster of Islamist president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi. 

Other Christian leaders in Egypt echoed Tawadros’s sentiment.

“El-Sisi is the right man at the right time. His victory gives us Christians security and a perspective for the future. Better times are coming,” Bishop Adel Zaky, who heads the Catholic Church in Egypt, told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. 

“He is a religious person, but he sees religion as a private matter. His prime concern is his country. He demonstrated this when he saved Egypt from an impending civil war last year,” Zaky said.

Israel and Egypt have a shared interest in cracking down on Islamic terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula and in targeting the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted on June 6, 2014 .