Leaders from Israel and Egypt are meeting to counter violence in Gaza.

violence in Gaza

The discussions are centred on Egypt’s attempts to maintain calm in the occupied Palestinian areas as well as international assistance for Gaza’s rehabilitation.
West Bank occupied by Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are expected to discuss de-escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, which analysts believe could result in a relaxation of restrictions on the occupied territory, according to their respective governments.
As part of the first official visit by an Israeli leader to Egypt in a decade, the two leaders held discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as bilateral relations.
Bennett, the leader of the far-right Yamina party, who gained office in June, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, on the southern Sinai Peninsula’s Red Sea coast.
There had been days of low-intensity shelling and rocket fire between Israel and Gaza prior to these negotiations.
According to a statement issued by the Egyptian president, the discussions centred on Egypt’s attempts to maintain stability in the occupied Palestinian areas, as well as the need for international support for the country’s reconstruction efforts.
According to Ismat Mansour, a political analyst based in Ramallah, the two parties were most likely focused on de-escalating the current flare-up between Israel and Palestinian armed organisations.
Since the Palestinian party Hamas took control of the territory in 2007, Israel, with the assistance of Egypt, has maintained a strict embargo of the enclave. Israel has launched four wars or offensives against Gaza, the most recent of which occurred in May.
Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel when it did so in 1979. Relations between Egypt and Israel have remained chilly over the years, although Egypt has played an important role in mediating ceasefires between Israel and Palestinian militant organisations in Gaza during several rounds of violence in the region.
Cairo’s efforts to mediate during Israel’s 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip in May resulted in a ceasefire. In total, more than 260 Palestinians were killed in the battle, with 13 Israelis also losing their lives.
Abbas Kamel, chief of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate, extended the offer to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last month during a meeting with Bennett in occupied East Jerusalem.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians came to a halt in 2014, and there appears to be little hope of them resuming in the near future. Bennett, a nationalist who sits atop a bipartisan alliance, is opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state.


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