Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Egypt rejects report that its leaders quietly adheres to US Jerusalem position

Egypt rejects report that its leaders quietly adheres to US Jerusalem position

"The Times' report claims that Captain Ashraf al-Kholi is an officer with the Egyptian General Intelligence without presenting its readers with the slightest evidence as to the truth of this piece of information or that a person by this name exists in the first place", the statement said.

An article in The New York Times alleged that an Egyptian intelligence officer has been directing talk show hosts to downplay the issue which has provoked widespread anger in the Moslem world.

Mekameleen TV is an Istanbul-based free-to-air satellite television channel, run mostly by exiled Egyptians.

Egypt on Sunday denied a USA media report claiming that it has given a "tacit" acceptance to President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Moreover, "Egypt's positions are conveyed by the President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and in official statements", all of which "have expressed, in word and deed, the inalienable position on Jerusalem". Saudi has also been working closely with Trump's team in the Middle East to work out an Israeli/Palestinian deal-one that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was pressed to accept by Saudi delegates. The recordings were provided to the New York Times by an intermediary supportive of the Palestinian cause and opposed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Egypt was among one of the first countries to criticise Trump's move, which prompted widespread global condemnation and deadly protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Security Council resolution was vetoed by the U.S.

The recordings released by Mekameleen, however, has cast doubt over Egypt's position.

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"At the end of the day, later on, Jerusalem won't be much different from Ramallah".

The Times quoted Kholi as telling Hassaseen: "We, like all our Arab brothers, are denouncing this matter [Trump's move]". But "after that, this thing will become a reality".

However, recently, the Egyptian-Israeli relations mildly soured after US President Donald Trump's announcement of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, opposing what Egypt has been trying to mediate which is a joint capital between the Israelis and the Palestinians. "We have enough on our plate now".

Egypt has long accused Hamas of supporting groups fighting its security forces in the Sinai peninsula, a region that borders Gaza and Israel.

The actual government position: that while Palestinians' rights deserve to be heard at some level, Egypt accepts Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as Egypt has more pressing security concerns that is shares with Israel.

The other host, Hassaseen, stopped returning phone messages and backed out of plans for an interview after a journalist contacted Megahed and Fawzy about the calls. One of them, Mofid Fawzy, quickly denied taking part in any such conversation and immediately hung up the phone.

The report said that Kholi told the talk show hosts that the Palestinian threat to spark a third intifada against Israel in response to Trump's statement would be bad for Egypt since it would "revive the Islamists and Hamas".

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