An Arab newspaper quoted Sunday, January 8, 2023, diplomatic sources as saying that the sanctions of the Israeli government against the Palestinian Authority “have further complicated the situation between Cairo and Tel Aviv, and made Egypt’s mediation mission more difficult.”
Sources familiar with the mediation file that Egypt is carrying out between the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza and the Israeli occupation government told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper that “the decisions issued by the cabinet last Thursday imposing sanctions on the Palestinian authority caused more complications in the situation between Cairo and the occupation government. It made it difficult for the mediation mission to be carried out by Egypt.”
The Israeli occupation imposed sanctions on the Palestinian Authority after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion on the issue of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The sources stated that “a state of resentment dominated the Egyptian presidential circle because of the embarrassment caused by the new Israeli government to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.”
They pointed out that the Egyptian dissatisfaction occurred after the statement of the Egyptian Presidency, which revealed details of the contact between Sisi and Netanyahu on December 31, that “Netanyahu made promises to the Egyptian administration to maintain the calm and prevent the attempt that had been announced by the Minister of ‘national Security’ in the occupation government, Itamar bin Gvir, to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
But as usual, the Israeli occupation fails to save all the promises it makes, the last of which was when the extremist Ben Gvir stormed the courtyards of the mosque under strict security protection by the Israeli occupation forces last Tuesday morning.
In addition to Egypt’s refusal of Bin Gvir’s storming of Al-Aqsa, Egypt informed the extremist occupation government of its dissatisfaction with the occupation state, as Egypt seeks to calm the situation and move towards an agreement of prisoner exchange between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
After the extremist “Ben Ghafir” stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed its regret over the storming of Al-Aqsa, rejecting “any unilateral measures that violate the legal and historical status quo in Jerusalem.”