The speech by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the international donors’ conference to rebuild Gaza which was held in Cairo recently is one of the most important speeches by an Arab leader in recent years and an important message by moderate Arab countries. Al-Sisi first addressed the Israeli people, then Netanyahu’s government and clearly called for endorsing the Arab Peace Initiative and push forward by establishing a Palestinian state to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Egyptian leader touched upon the essence of the initiative and reminded the Israeli public that the successive Israeli governments have not dealt seriously and positively with this initiative since it was announced in 2002. Al-Sisi reminded Israelis that there is a partner for peace and moving forward to establish the Palestinian state embodies peace, diplomatic ties and normalization with a large part of the Arab World.
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