The head of Egyptian intelligence reveals an attempt to establish a ceasefire in Gaza

The head of Egyptian intelligence, Abbas Kamel, said that Egypt is trying to reach an agreement to establish a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, allow humanitarian relief and reconstruction, and exchange prisoners between Israel and “Hamas.”

The American “Axios” website, which conducted an interview with Kamel, said that “the meeting is unusual, with a man who is not only the head of intelligence, but also the right arm of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,” noting that the journalists on the site, Barak Ravid and his colleague Nadav Eyal, presented themselves as Israeli reporters, But Kamel did not object to the interview, and even revealed that he would visit Israel later this month for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other senior officials. 

Kamel expressed his satisfaction with the current state of Egyptian-Israeli relations, saying that Sisi’s meeting, in mid-September, with Bennett, in Sharm el-Sheikh, “was exceptionally good,” noting that “Bennett represents a major change from his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also has a relationship with him.” Document with Sisi.

He stressed that “although the current Israeli government consists of several parties with divergent views, the Egyptians hope that it will remain stable and believe that they can work with it effectively,” stressing that “Egypt wants to see the new Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership.” In Ramallah, in a kind of political dialogue.”

He revealed that “Egypt talks daily to the Israelis and Palestinians on several issues, including a possible long-term ceasefire agreement in Gaza,” noting that “such a deal would include a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas, something that Egypt is working for day and night.” .

Kamel believed that “such a deal should start with the release of elderly Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian women and teenage girls in Israeli prisons. It will also have to handle the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers and the release of Israeli civilians held by Hamas in Gaza,” adding: “This potential deal will also include steps Additional economic and humanitarian assistance to the civilian population and a kind of return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza, even if it is only symbolic.

Source: “Axios”

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