Netanyahu, Herzog planning joint trip to Cairo for Sisi meeting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) are reportedly planning a joint trip to Cairo for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that is aimed at jump-starting the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

According to Channel 10, Netanyahu and Herzog are eager to undertake a diplomatic initiative that would undercut the latter’s adversaries in the Zionist Union who are adamantly opposed to the party’s entrance into the governing coalition.

A Netanyahu-Herzog-Sisi meeting would be staged in order to “justify” the Zionist Union’s entry into the Likud-led government, Channel 10 reported.

Netanyahu welcomed Sisi’s call for a renewed effort to advance a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday.

“Israel is prepared to cooperate with Egypt and with other Arab states to advance the diplomatic process and the stability in the region,” Netanyahu said.

“I appreciate President Sisi’s actions and am encouraged by the leadership that he is displaying, including on this important issue,” he added.

Delivering a speech at the inauguration of a new power plant in the city of Asyut Tuesday, Sisi said that “there is an opportunity to write a new chapter of peace in the area,” calling on both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to take advantage of this opportunity.

“If we can all join forces in order to solve the Palestinian issue by creating hope for Palestinians and assuring security for Israelis, we will be able to write a new chapter that may prove to be more important than the peace accords between Israel and Egypt,” Sisi added.

Sisi, who rarely speaks publicly about foreign policy, offered the 2002 Arab peace initiative as a potential way ahead.

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