Sissi’s “peace with Israel” comments were mistranslated, says Egyptian official

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An Egyptian presidential official on Monday said that the Associated Press “did not accurately translate” President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi’s statement in his interview with the news service on Saturday regarding expanding the Israeli-Egyptian peace to other Arab countries, Egypt’s al-Ahram reported on Monday.According to Haaretz, spokesman Alaa Youssef told Egyptian reporters in New York that ” when the Egyptian president spoke about relations between Arab countries and Israel, he stressed that would not happen except after a solution to the Palestinian issue and a declaration of a Palestinian state according to the 4 June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” as published in al-Ahram.

The AP interview quoted Sissi as saying that “efforts should be renewed to solve the Palestinian issue and expand Egypt’s nearly 40-year-peace with Israel to include more Arab countries.” According to al-Ahram, the Arab media understood from this quote that Sissi “was calling for the expansion of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel to include other Arab countries.”

Indeed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Egyptian President Sissi’s comments based on a similar understanding, in a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.