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Egypt’s Sisi to recruit Arab states in support of ‘deal of the century’

Sisi and Netanyahu meet in New York 18 September 2017 [thenewkhalij]
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu (L), President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (R) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in New York, US [The New Khalij]

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is recruiting Arab leaders to support the peace plan being laid down by the US administration, dubbed the “deal of the century”.

Writing for Ynet News, Smadar Perry, said that what is clear about the “deal of the century” is “the extent of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi’s involvement in the agreement.”

He noted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman was initially believed to be recruiting supporters for the deal, but, according to Perry, Trump’s “excellent friend” Al-Sisi recently found himself in the driving seat.

Perry argued that the Israeli government believes that Al-Sisi “is a neighbour and a partner who watches over the Sinai Peninsula – where thousands of Israelis are spending their Passover holidays – along with Israel.”

READ: Arab League FM’s reject US ‘deal of century’ plan

Although he does not know the exact details of the deal, his role is clear; “to recruit the moderate Arab world into supporting Trump’s peace plan. The Egyptian leader can potentially recruit Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf states, and perhaps even Qatar, which despite being at odds with the Saudis, maintains a warm relationship with Egypt.”

Concluding his opinion about the deal, Perry said: “Netanyahu recommended, Trump placed the order, and Al-Sisi is the one getting the package. Egypt will lead the Arab world to accept the so-called ‘deal of the century’, and will be asked for its input in the proposal before all the details are finalised. In return, the Cairo administration will receive a massive economic aid package from the US government.”

He pointed out that Netanyahu’s “fingerprints are all over this peace plan, to the extent that it’s not clear who really formulated it” and stressed that “Egypt’s role” in the deal “is being given to the White House directly from Jerusalem”.

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