An excerpt from, "Al-Sisi is in no rush to broker ceasefire" ynetnews.com, July 14:
Even after US President Barack Obama telephoned him and personally asked him to mediate between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is doing it "unenthusiastically," as an advisor at the presidential palace defined it.
Al-Sisi sees it as only an "initiative" for a ceasefire in Gaza, and he is simmering it slowly. As far as he is concerned, Israel can continue crushing Hamas.
Cairo officials explain that al-Sisi "has no objections" that Israel will continue the operation against Hamas. On Saturday, Egypt even seized a delivery of 30 Grad rockets in Sinai which were meant to be aimed at Israel.An excerpt from, "Egypt: Sisi Offers to Broker Iraq ‘Compromise’" Rudaw, July 12:
On the other hand, as the death toll in Gaza increases, so does the level of criticism against al-Sisi in Egypt.
Egyptian President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi is prepared to broker a “compromise” among Iraq’s rival political parties, Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri has said.President al-Sisi faces tough challenges in Gaza. Source: CCTVAmerica. Date Published: July 10.
Shukri, who met with senior Iraqi officials including Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday, said Sisi offered “to meet with all the Iraqi political sides and reach a compromise to settle the Iraqi crisis.”
Shukri said Egypt supports a unity government in Iraq that can battle terrorism and diminish sectarianism. Maliki, who runs a Shia-dominated administration, has rejected the idea of a power-sharing government that would include rival parties, a move that further alienated Sunni Arabs and Kurds.
Shukri’s visit to Baghdad followed Sisi’s warning on July 6 that a Kurdish referendum on self-determination “is in reality no more than the start of a catastrophic division of Iraq into smaller rival states.”