Egypt's Sissi Says Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Main Source of Mideast Instability

Comment comes days after Netanyahu leaks video in which Bahrain's foreign minister is heard blaming lack of resolution to conflict on 'toxic' Iran

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi speaks during a joint press conference with his French counterpart after their meeting in Cairo on January 28, 2019.
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The failure to reach a fair and final settlement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict represents the main source of instability in the Middle East, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.

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Sissi’s remark came two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau leaked a video in which the prime minister of Bahrain is heard at a closed dinner telling Warsaw conference participants that the Iranian issue is more “toxic” than the Palestinian issue.

Sissi said in his speech that his country supports international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution within the pre-1967 borders and a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

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In the video leaked by Netanyahu, Bahrain's foreign minister, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, can be heard blasting Iran as a "toxic party."

"When we come to Israel-Palestine, we had the Camp David agreement. There was Madrid. There were many other ways of solving it, and we had stayed on the same path.

"If it wasn't for the toxic party… guns and foot soldiers of the Islamic Republic, I think we would have been much closer today in solving this issue with Israel."