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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

El Sisi and Netanyahu meet in public for the first time

Coming in at a close second is El Sisi’s first public sit down with Netanyahu and its potential for bringing further stability: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting for the first time publicly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York is a signal of closer ties between Jerusalem and Cairo as Egypt works to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, analyst Eric Trager tells The Algemeiner. Their meeting “has once again proved that he is the bravest Arab leader in the region,” The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff says. He believes the meeting creates “something of a paradox. One the one hand, [El Sisi]’s regime has recently grown very close to Hamas, and the terror organization’s leadership have become welcome guests in Cairo. On the other hand, the conversation between [El Sisi] and Netanyahu might pave the way to a more stable security situation between Israel and Hamas.”

After all, it was pressure from Egypt that secured concessions from Hamas that should (in theory) begin a reconciliation process with rival faction Fatah. It takes more than words to end lifelong feuds, though, the Associated Press notes adding that "ending the division between the bitter rivals is far away and far from certain.”

International stories worth noting in brief this morning include:

  • Shopkeepers and vendors lament the busy days of tourism that existed before 2011 and say that while tourism is on the rise their businesses are a far cry from doing what they were doing before, in a story by the AFP.

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