Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in a statement on sunday that “Egypt is working to alleviate the suffering of more than two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. During the past two months we have been working to open the Rafah Crossing as much as possible.”
“We in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority are striving for reconciliation so that there will be one leadership to negotiate with Israel,” al-Sisi said during a session of the National Youth Conference held at Cairo University.
Sisi called on Israeli public opinion, asking Israel to seize on the historic opportunity for the peace that is now available to them.
“We have a great opportunity for peace in the region and finding a solution to the Palestinian issue,” al-Sisi said. “This solution will not be a rival to the security or stability of Israel.”
As for the deal of the century, al-Sisi added: “This is an expression of media, not politics. And Egypt has a clear position. We are with all UN resolutions. We are establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. We are with the Israeli withdrawal to its borders before 1967.”
For months, al-Sisi’s administration has been formulating a peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after US President Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the end of 2017, angering and protesting the Palestinians.
“Egypt is trying to be a positive factor and is quietly playing its role to reach a solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” al-Sisi said.