As Israel Prepares to Swear in New Government, What Do Egypt and Jordan Expect?

On Monday, the chairman of Israel’s Knesset (legislature), Yariv Levin, is set to announce that the head of the Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, has managed to form a governing coalition. He also has to decide on when the government will be sworn in; the ceremony is widely expected to take place on 14 June.

The Egyptian authorities have been following the struggle to form a ruling coalition in neighboring israel with great interest, with Cairo ready to work “with any elected Israeli leader as long as the main agreements are respected”, believes Amr Zakaria, a Cairo-based political analyst.

These agreements included cooperation in a number of spheres including intelligence sharing, the economy, defence and security, as stipulated by the historic 1979 peace agreement between the two countries.

After the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and with the surge of terrorism in the North African country, security ties between israel and Egypt grew tighter and Cairo expects that this cooperation will not falter now, as the chief of the conservative Yamina party Naftali Bennett comes to power.

Other Expectations? Not High

But while expectations are high with respect to security coordination, authorities in Cairo, says Zakaria, are less optimistic about what the future will hold when it comes to the Palestinians.

Under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has served the country for 12 consecutive years, there has been a stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations….

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