July 14, 2014

General Sisi Wants To Broker Peace In Iraq But Not In Gaza

Sisi and Netanyahu see eye to eye about Gaza but not about Iraq.

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.

On the other hand, as the death toll in Gaza increases, so does the level of criticism against al-Sisi in Egypt.
An excerpt from, "Egypt: Sisi Offers to Broker Iraq ‘Compromise’" Rudaw, July 12:
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.

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.”
President al-Sisi faces tough challenges in Gaza. Source: CCTVAmerica. Date Published: July 10.