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Was Bennett's visit to Egypt really 'historic'?

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17.09.2021

The head of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate delivered an invitation from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi last month for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to visit his country. This was expected. Shortly after Bennett was sworn in as Prime Minister of the occupation state in June, Sisi had called him and highlighted the importance of an official visit to Egypt.

Bennett duly accepted the invitation and met with Sisi in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm Al-Sheikh earlier this week. Unlike his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu, who reportedly made several secret visits to Egypt to meet Sisi, Bennett was happy to make his visit and meeting public. He posed for the cameras and let the whole world know where he was, and why, hailing the meeting as "important and very good".

Sisi invited Bennett allegedly for the benefit of Egypt. The Director of the Liberal Democracy Institute in Cairo, Dalia Ziada, described the Sharm Al-Sheikh meeting as a "historic moment" with the Israeli and Egyptian flags flying side by side. What was so historic about it?

For Sisi, his regime and his supporters, it provided the opportunity for the Egyptian president to beg Bennett to ask the Biden administration in Washington to give its backing to the regime and thus, by implication, its tacit acceptance of the daily human rights violations against the Egyptian people.

READ: The Israeli-Egyptian siege of the Gaza Strip must end unconditionally without delay

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