Egyptian spokesperson denies plan for Palestinian state in Sinai

The spokesperson for Egypt’s president rejected assertions made by an Israeli minister over a week ago suggesting that there was an Egyptian plan to create a Palestinian state in the Sinai peninsula.

The spokesman for Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Alaa Youssef, said on Thursday that no plan exists in the government to propose the creation of a Palestinian state in the Sinai peninsula.

“It’s unimaginable to get into such unrealistic and unacceptable proposals especially in Sinai, which is a dear part of the nation,” he said.

Israeli-Druze Minister Ayoob Kara had claimed ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with President Donald Trump last week, that both leaders would adopt such a plan that had been reportedly suggested by Sisi in 2014.

“Trump and Netanyahu will adopt the plan of Egypt’s Sisi: A Palestinian state in Gaza and Sinai. instead of Judea and Samaria,” Kara had written on Twitter.

Israel took control over the Sinai peninsula during the Six-Day War of 1967. Twelve years later, Israel agreed to incrementally withdraw from the territory in a peace agreement with Egypt.

By: World Israel News Staff