Egyptian president urges Israel to make peace with Palestinians


( Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spontaneously made an appeal, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, directly to Israeli leaders and citizens to make peace with Palestinians.

“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.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Credit: The Kremlin via Wikimedia Commons.

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.”

El-Sisi also met with Jewish leaders, including B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress, in New York on Tuesday. He praised the U.S. and Israel’s cooperation with Egypt on the fight against terrorism, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Separately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the U.N. 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 told the U.N. General Assembly in New York. “It is an obligation of the international community toward the Palestinian children, if nothing else.”    

Posted on September 21, 2016 .