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Monday, 6 September 2021

Rumors circulate of Egypt-brokered peace talks as Sisi calls Israeli President Herzog on Jewish New Year

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called has Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog, on Sunday evening to congratulate him on becoming the president and wish him a happy Rosh Hashanah, according to an Ittihadiya statement. Herzog told El Sisi that he appreciated Egypt’s role in helping to achieve peace and stability in the region, while the two also discussed efforts to resume Israeli-Palestininan peace talks.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year and is observed this year from yesterday evening through Wednesday evening. Shanah tovah to readers who are observing.

The call comes amid reports that El Sisi is preparing a new roadmap to restart Israel-Palestine peace talks. Israeli, Palestinian, American, European and Arab representatives will soon visit Egypt to discuss restarting peace talks, the Times of Israel reports on the basis of a story from a London-based outlet that cites “high-ranking” Arab officials. The sources claim that Egyptian intelligence officials have been working on an initiative with European and Arab allies, and will unveil the proposal in the coming weeks.

Israeli PM is expected in Cairo soon: Naftali Bennett could soon become the first Israeli PM to make an official visit to Egypt in more than a decade after El Sisi extended an invite last month.

Egypt, PA, Jordan call for end to Israeli obstruction: Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II last week joined El Sisi for a trilateral summit in Cairo, where the three accused Israel of trying to undermine the possibility of a two-state solution, and reaffirmed their commitment to a Palestinian state based on June 1967 borders.

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