Al-Sisi, Abbas meet in effort to hash out Hamas truce

Abel Fattah al-Sissi and Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula to discuss ways to advance Hamas and Israel talks.

By David Isaac, World Israel News

Egyptian President Abel Fattah al-Sissi met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Sharm al-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday. They discussed ways to advance Egyptian-mediated talks between Hamas and Israel.

The two met at the resort where Al-Sissi opened the World Youth Forum. The press supportive of Mahmoud Abbas stayed silent about the talks, reports Israel Hayom. Other Arab media said the two talked about bringing about both a Hamas-Israel ceasefire and conciliation between Hamas the Palestinian Authority.

Israel Hayom reports that Likud MK Sharren Haskel said, “The attempts at an arrangement in Gaza aren’t in relation to Israel, but attempts by Arab states to bridge [differences] between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. The riots on the borders started as a result of the struggle between Hamas forces and the PA and the desire of Abbas to ignite the area against Israel.”