CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS WELCOMES EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT el-SISI’S CALL FOR DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations today welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s call for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and his offer to assist in fostering those talks.

Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of the Presidents Conference said, “We appreciate the serious and meaningful comments of President el-Sisi and his offer to help advance the prospects of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. 

Unlike many other leaders who pay lip service to the desire for a peaceful solution, President el-Sisi offered concrete steps and added that Egypt is ready to ‘make every effort’ to contribute to a resolution and cited the 1979 Egyptian – Israeli peace treaty as a model.   President el-Sisi also noted that bringing the sides together would lead to warmer ties between Israel and Egypt and with other Arab nations.”

Greenberg and Hoenlein met with President el-Sisi in Cairo in February of this year, along with a delegation of Presidents Conference leaders.  They said, “In our lengthy meeting with the President, he spoke of the need for, and benefits of, a peaceful solution to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict. 

Under his leadership, Egypt has enhanced cooperation with Israel, especially in the vital military and security areas.  President el-Sisi’s actions, particularly in combatting terrorism and the cooperation he has pursued with Israel have gained him credibility with the parties.  Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the President’s comments and indicated his readiness to work with him to achieve a long sought resolution through direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

President el-Sisi’s call can contribute to advancing the prospects of direct negotiations putting the parties on a path leading to a resolution of the conflict.”

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