Last Night’s Talk Shows: Gaza ceasefire headlines talk shows
Egypt’s role mediating the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad yesterday dominated the airwaves last night, with coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 1:59), Salet El Tahrir (watch, runtime: 4:22), and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 8:00 | 4:32). We have more details in this morning’s Diplomacy section, below.
The Palestinian Authority “welcomes the ceasefire” and is thankful for Egypt’s efforts to bring an end to the violence in Gaza, PA spokesperson Ibrahim Melhem said on Salet El Tahrir. “Cairo was persistent and patient in its efforts to secure a ceasefire, and it refused to give up,” Mahmoud Al Habbash, adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa.
Egypt played its traditional role as a mediator between Israel and Palestine, Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki told Moussa, emphasizing the importance of Arab nations’ support in addressing the occupation in Gaza.
Also on the airwaves last night:
- Egypt currently suffers from a 54 bn cubic meter water deficit, with our demand for 114 bn cubic meters of water representing nearly double our current total capacity of 60 bn cubic meters, Water Ministry spokesperson Mohamed Ghanem said. (Ala Mas’ouleety | watch, runtime: 5:39)
- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the government to include green hydrogen in Egypt’s energy mix in a meeting with several cabinet members held to follow up on Egypt’s strategy for sustainable and renewable energy. (Ala Mas’ouleety | watch, runtime: 5:35)
- Tuition fees for 12 new non-profit universities the government plans to establish will be more than 50% subsidized by the government, Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said. The minister didn’t disclose the fees. (Salet El Tahrir | watch, runtime: 3:01)