Sonntag, 10.10.2021 / 13:08 Uhr

Sissi lobt Frieden mit Israel

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Bildquelle: Wikimedia Commons

Vorbei scheinen die Zeiten eines nur kalten Friedens zwischen Ägypten und Israel. Solche Töne hätte man früher kaum aus Kairo gehört:

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel during an event commemorating the 1973 war between the two states. 

Sisi spoke on the 48th anniversary of the October war, also known as the Yom Kippur war in Israel. The war began when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel. Egypt was initially successful on the battlefield, but Israel ultimately won the war. In 1979, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty with Israel, and Egypt became the first country in the Arab world to recognize the Jewish state. 

Sisi said that Sadat was “far ahead of its time” with his diplomacy.

“I think Almighty God enabled El-Sadat to see that these concepts would not last after the October War, and that they must be replaced by new concepts,” said Sisi on Wednesday, according to the state-owned Al-Ahram news outlet. 

Sisi added that during Sadat’s time, war with Israel was the norm and that anything else was “abnormal.” He also praised Egyptian soldiers for their service during the war and thanked regional states for supporting Egypt, according to the outlet.