Shared threats and regional turmoil have brought Israel and Egypt to work more closely together.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday that Israel’s ties and cooperation with its southern neighbour Egypt are stronger today than ever before, and this amid the shared challenges both countries face.
Netanyahu was speaking at a memorial ceremony for Israel’s presidents and prime ministers, which is marked annually at the beginning of the Jewish month of Nissan. According to Jewish tradition, the first of Nissan marks the beginning of a king’s year on the throne, Israel Radio reported.
“The ties between Egypt and Israel are an important part of the national security of both countries,” Netanyahu declared.
Israel and Egypt signed a historic peace accord in 1979, but relations have often been cool.
In February, Israel’s ties with Egypt deepened when Egypt’s new Ambassador to Israel, Hazem Ahdy Khairat, presented his diplomatic credentials to President Reuven Rivlin.
Khairat’s appointment marks the end of a three year period since November 2012, during which there was no Egyptian ambassador in Israel. In September 2015, Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo, four years after it was ransacked by a violent mob and forced to shut down.
Israel and Egypt are reportedly collaborating in the war of Islamic terrorism, which is threatening the stability in the region.
In recent month many different writers and politicians have spoken for the idea of Arab states should accept Israel.
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Kuwaiti Writer: Arab, Muslim States Should Recognize Israel, Openly And Immediately
On the 9th April 2016 an article appeared in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa, Kuwaiti media personality Yousuf 'Abd Al-Karim Al-Zinkawi called on all Arab and Muslim states to recognize Israel, openly and without delay, and stop calling it "the Zionist Entity" or "the Israeli occupation."
He argued that, by sitting alongside Israel in UN institutions, these states already effectively recognize it, and they should take a lesson from countries like Qatar and Oman that take a pragmatic approach to Israel and maintain ties with it openly.
He wondered why certain Arab and Muslim countries take a more hardline approach to Israel than the Palestinian Authority itself, which does maintain ties with it.
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