Israel’s Prime Minister is set to embark on his second official trip to Egypt, where he is expected to meet with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. But despite the rapprochement, Israel’s former ambassador to the Arab country says the improving ties will not change the Egyptian public’s negative perception of the Jewish state.
While the visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain has been pushed to an indefinite date, reports emerge that the Israeli premier now intends to visit Egypt, where he will meet the country’s president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Netanyahu has been to Egypt before. In 2009, he met with then-president Hosni Mubarak in a bid to urge him to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians.
In 2018, he reportedly met with Al-Sisi in Cairo, where he flew to mull over security and the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, purportedly held by Hamas in Gaza.
This time around, if this visit ends up taking place, Netanyahu will be discussing the economy and the bolstering of trade between the two nations, according to speculations in the press.
Egypt’s economy has been knocked into a pit by COVID-19. Its once-blossoming tourism industry started losing some $1 billion a month, many businesses have shut their doors and unemployment rates, which had been relatively low before the pandemic, now promise to exceed 11 percent by the end of this year.
These and other economic issues are set to dominate the agenda…