Recordings reveal Egypt's acceptance of Trump’s Jerusalem decision: Ramallah can be Palestinian state's capital

A senior Egyptian intelligence officer briefed television presenters from his country after President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,  and rhetorically asked “How is Ramallah different from Jerusalem?”.

“Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts.

But strife with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, Captain Kholi said. He told the hosts that instead of condemning the decision, they should persuade their viewers to accept it. Palestinians, he suggested, should content themselves with the town that currently houses the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah.

Recordings reveal Egypt's acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem declaration

“How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?” Captain Kholi asked repeatedly in four audio recordings of his telephone calls obtained by The New York Times.

“Exactly that,” agreed one host, Azmi Megahed, who confirmed the authenticity of the recording.

Recordings reveal Egypt's acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem declaration  (3).jpg

The hosts Captain Kholi called all heeded his advice, and most other voices in the state-owned and pro-government news media across the Arab world were also strikingly muted, even unemotional, about the status of Jerusalem. Such a response would have been all but unthinkable even a decade ago, much less during the period between 1948 and 1973, when Egypt and its Arab allies fought three wars against Israel.

Two spokesmen for the Egyptian government did not respond to requests for comment for the article. Captain Kholi could not be reached.

One comment

  1. Whatever the reason or ulterior motive Egypt has,,, there is a change for the better; regardless of the flavor.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s