President Biden sought to take credit for a cease-fire Thursday between Israel and Hamas, despite reports that it was Egypt that brokered the peace.
Biden, who spoke at the White House, included a sentence in his remarks commending Egyptian officials for their “critical role” in ending the fighting. But he repeatedly emphasized the intensive work he said was done by his own administration.
“Over the last 11 days, I spoke with the prime minister six times. I’ve also spoken with President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority more the once and part of our intense diplomatic engagement,” Biden said, “And I want to also thank secretary of state, the secretary of defense, our national security adviser, and everyone on our team for their incredible efforts to bring this about, this outcome that we’re about to see.
“You know, we’ve held intensive, high-level discussions, hour by hour, literally, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and other Middle Eastern countries, with an aim of avoiding this sort of prolonged conflict we’ve seen in previous years when the hostilities have broken out.”
During visit by Egyptian minister, countries agree on project aimed at making use of Egyptian liquefaction facilities to boost exports to Europe
Israel and Egypt’s energy ministers agreed Sunday to build a gas pipeline from Israel’s offshore eastern Mediterranean Leviathan field to Egypt, aimed at boosting exports to Europe, an Israeli official said.
Yuval Steinitz and his Egyptian counterpart Tarek el-Molla “agreed on the construction of an offshore gas pipeline from the Leviathan gas field to the liquefaction facilities in Egypt,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The goal was “to increase the gas exports to Europe through the liquefaction facilities in Egypt, in light of the growing demand in Europe for natural gas,” he added.
Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
The move follows an agreement between Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month to end their boycott of Qatar — a move taken in 2017 over allegations it supported terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.
European foreign ministers sit down in Cairo ahead of Biden taking office, seeking to build on ‘positive regional context’ of Israel’s normalization deals with Arab states
Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
In Cairo, the country’s Foreign Ministry said the aim of the meeting was to urge the Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate a “just and comprehensive political settlement” on the basis of achieving a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War.
(December 29, 2020 / JNS) Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan reflected on 2020 and how “Israel’s future looks brighter than ever” in his address on Sunday night at the Zionist Organization of America’s Virtual Superstar Gala.
Erdan, also Israel’s incoming ambassador to the United States, received the ZOA’s Woo Kai–ShengLifetime Achievement Awardfor Outstanding Diplomacy. In his acceptance speech, he said that while this past year “supplied a fair amount of hate, it also delivered a fair amount of peace.”