By Ariel Kahana , Daniel Siryoti , Reuters and ILH Staff—
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in Egypt on Monday in order to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for talks.
The meeting was expected to cover Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral issues, Egypt’s presidency said, in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.
Bennett was invited to visit by el-Sissi last month and the two met in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
According to a senior Egyptian official, the visit is designed to have the two leaders get to know each other and improve bilateral ties, although the key issue that would be discussed in their meeting will be el-Sissi ‘s request to increase the number of Egyptian troops in northern Sinai that would go beyond the limits set by the 1979 peace treaty.
The bolstered military presence would help Egypt in its efforts to route out jihadi terrorists there. An uptick in cross-border violence since late August has tested the fragile truce. Over the past week, Palestinian terrorists have fired rockets into Israel for three nights in a row, drawing Israeli airstrikes.
Bennett and el-Sissi were also expected to discuss regional issues including Iran’s influence in the Middle East and the crisis in Lebanon, diplomats said. Continue Reading….