Israel Hits ISIS in Sinai as Ties With Egypt Intensify

Jul 14, 2016, 00:32
Israel Hits ISIS in Sinai as Ties With Egypt Intensify

Netanyahu and other officials have instead reiterated the importance of restarting the peace talks with the active help of Arab states in the region, with Egypt playing a prominent role.

A former high-ranking Israeli official says Israel has carried out numerous drone strikes purportedly against militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula with Egyptian consent over the past few years, implying close cooperation between Tel Aviv and Cairo.

The Sinai Peninsula has seen a sharp rise in terrorist activities since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. "It's not about love, it's not about common values. I wouldn't describe it as the relationship we have with the United States of America, but I think it's a good starting point", Golan added.

A new report reveals that Israel has launched several drone strikes against targets in the Sinai in recent years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel is undergoing a "revolution" in its relations with Arab states in the region.

"The goal we aim to achieve through negotiations between the two parties is one that is based on justice, legitimate rights and mutual willingness to coexist peacefully in two neighboring independent states in peace and security", Shoukry said to reporters.

He did not mince words when he told Israel that "the plight of the Palestinian people becomes more arduous every day, and the dream of peace and security moves further out of the Israeli people's reach as long as the conflict continues".

One of those initiatives comes from France, which in June held an worldwide conference on the Palestinian issue that Israel strongly opposed, and which neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives attended.

The idea of the Cairo summit was apparently discussed during a meeting between Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who was in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Sunday.

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