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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Sunday 2 February 2020

Chatter on the airwaves was very much focused on regional politics and the coronavirus outbreak. The talking heads zoned in on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam talks and the latest on the US’ Middle East peace plan. We have chapter and verse on both in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Adib talks peace plan with Kushner: By far the most notable coverage of the Middle East plan was from El Hekaya’s Amr Adib, who sat down for a face-to-face interview with US President Donald Trump’s Middle East advisor Jared Kushner, who is said to be the plan’s chief architect. Kushner told Adib that he sees a “very high probability” the Palestinian leadership will “blow” their chance at accepting the plan, which would end up hurting the Palestinian people and the region (watch, runtime: 3:13 and runtime: 3:10).

Why should the Palestinians agree? Kushner says the plan would create a “fully contiguous” nation connected from top to bottom, double the amount of land Palestinian have available, and give them the right to pray in Al Aqsa mosque. You can watch several other snaps from the interview here, here, and here.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s sit-down with the Palestinian leader on the sidelines of an emergency Arab League meeting received plenty of airtime: Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 0:56), Min Masr (runtime: 3:20), and Al Hayah El Youm (runtime: 5:40).

Elsewhere, political scientist Moataz Bellah Abdel Fattah suggested that Egypt likely got its way in the GERD talks, seeing as it was the only country to sign the preliminary agreement prepared after last week’s negotiations in Washington, DC (watch, runtime: 7:56). We have the full story in this morning’s Speed Round.

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