Sisi: stalled Mideast peace process fuels jihadists

2014-09-04 10:28
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (File: AFP)

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday blamed the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process for fuelling regional militancy, as Washington tries to shore up support to combat Islamic State jihadists.

Sisi, a former army chief who overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year, is battling jihadist militants in the Sinai Peninsula who have killed scores of policemen and soldiers.

The retired field marshal has sought to link his oft-criticised campaign against Islamist opposition and militants with the fight against organisations such as the Islamic State, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

On Wednesday, however, he singled out the floundering peace process which he said contributed to a "fertile environment for the growth and spread of extremism, violence and terrorism."

Long drawn out US-brokered negotiations between Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Israel collapsed in April with both sides blaming each other.

Equitable resolution

"What strengthens this environment, and gives excuses to those who exploit religion and terrorism, is the continuation of the Palestinian cause for decades without an equitable resolution," his office quoted him as saying in a statement.

Egypt was the first Arab country that signed a peace deal with Israel, in 1979, but ties have remained chilly.

Sisi has been supportive of Abbas but hostile to the Hamas rulers of Gaza who have ties with the Muslim Brotherhood movement which he ousted from power.

During the latest Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas, Egypt, a traditional mediator, at first proposed a ceasefire deal which Hamas charged was favourable to the Jewish state.

Hamas eventually agreed last week to another Egyptian proposal after more than a month of devastating fighting.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday in Washington to discuss the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and other issues, the State Department said.

Read more on:    hamas  |  isis  |  mohammed morsi  |  abdel fattah al-sisi  |  mahmud abbas  |  egypt  |  israel  |  palestine  |  north africa  |  gaza  |  middle east peace

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.