Abbas urges Sisi: Pressure Israel to stop 'assaults against al-Aksa Mosque'

Palestinian leader meets Egyptian president in Cairo amid Temple Mount tensions.

By
November 8, 2015 17:49
1 minute read.
Mahmoud Abbas and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in the Egyptian capital Cairo on November 8. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Sunday to use his influence with international parties to pressure Israel to stop “provocations and assaults” against the Aksa Mosque, in the wake of the current wave of violence, a PA official in Ramallah said.

In their talks in Cairo, Abbas briefed Sisi on “continued Israeli violations against the Aksa Mosque in particular and Palestinians in general,” the official said.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The Palestinian leader has come under intense pressure from Palestinians, including top members of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Fatah, to cut off all ties with Israel and cancel the Oslo Accords in response to Israel’s “failure to meet its commitments towards the peace process.”

He has been seeking Egypt and other Arab backing for any decision the PA might take to suspend security, political and economic ties with Israel.

Abbas and Sisi also discussed the situation in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Egypt’s continued closure of the Rafah border crossing.

The Egyptian army has in the past week flooded smuggling tunnels along the border with Gaza with seawater – a move that has resulted in the collapse of scores of subterranean passages, according to Palestinian sources in Gaza.

Sisi stressed that Egypt’s current security measures along the Gaza border were being carried out in full coordination with the PA leadership.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Some Palestinians expect Sisi to try to arrange a sulha (reconciliation) between Abbas and ousted Fatah rival, Mohamed Dahlan. Dahlan, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, has close relations with Sisi and the new regime in Egypt. Sisi said that the return of the PA to Gaza would have a positive impact and lead to a permanent reopening of the Rafah border terminal.

Abbas is also scheduled to meet later this week with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Saudi monarch Salman bin Abdel Aziz to discuss tensions with Israel over the Temple Mount. Abbas is also hoping to enlist the support of Jordan and Saudi Arabia for any controversial decision he takes regarding the future of relations with Israel.

The three Arab countries are unlikely to support any unilateral move by Abbas or the PLO or Fatah, out of fear that such a step would aggravate tensions and further destabilize the situation in the region.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The damaged house in Beersheba from the rocket attack on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
October 17, 2018
Cabinet mulls Gaza military operation

By ANNA AHRONHEIM, TOVAH LAZAROFF