Improved Egypt-Israel Relations through Sinai Crisis: Will They Last?

Source: Middle East Institute
Author(s): Geoffrey Aronson

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Egyptian diplomats rarely have a good word to say about U.S. policies these days. In contrast, they are enthusiastic in their praise of the close relations between Cairo and Jerusalem—centered on counterterror security and intelligence cooperation in Sinai—and effusive in their acknowledgement of Israel’s response to the bloody insurgency there, led by Egypt’s ISIS affiliate in the “Sinai Province,” Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

“Relations with Israel are great,” observed an Egyptian official recently.[1]

The feeling is mutual. Israel describes the transformation in its relations with Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s Egypt as nothing less than a “miracle,” according to Amos Gilad, a top Defense Ministry official who has long managed Israel’s security relations with Cairo.[2]…

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