El-Sisi address goes off-script, addresses Israel in UN General Assembly speech

During his speech in front of the UN General Assembly last night, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi went off-script and suddenly turned to the Israeli government and Israeli citizens: “We have a real opportunity to write a new page in history of our region moving towards peace.”
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed the UN General Assembly last night (Tuesday). During his speech, el-Sisi suddenly stopped and surprisingly addressed the citizens of Israel and the Israeli government. “Allow me to deviate from the written speech,” said el-Sisi. “I want to address the leaders and citizens of Israel.”

The Egyptian President called on Israel to resolve the conflict with the Arab world. “I call on the Israeli government and the Israeli people to find a solution to this problem,” el-Sisi stated. “We have a real opportunity to write a new page in history of our region moving towards peace.”

“The Egyptian experience is excellent and unique and it can be repeated,” added el-Sisi. “There can be a solution with the Palestinians by establishing a Palestinian state next to Israel that will preserve peace and security for both the nations.” El-Sisi’s remarks were followed by a round of applause from the audience.

El-Sisi’s statements regarding Israel and the Palestinians comes after US President Barack Obama called for Israel to end the occupation in the West Bank. As reported by JOL yesterday, Obama said during his speech at the UN General Assembly: “Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”

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