Egypt Wants Islamic Jihad In

In Cairo, Mahmoud Abbas met with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to plot diplomatic moves against Israel.

Aryeh ben Hayim , | updated: 5:00 PM

Field Marshal Tantawi
Field Marshal Tantawi
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It is now apparent that the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is also a wedge for the accreditation of organizations such as Islamic Jihad.

Mahmoud Abbas, the  Palestinian Authority head, met in Cairo on Monday with Ramadan Shallah, secretary- general of Islamic Jihad, and his deputy, Ziad Nakhleh.

This may have been a factor in the IDF raid in Jenin last night against Islamic Jihad's infrastructure and front organizations.

Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) said the Palestinians confirmed their readiness to restart peace negotiations with Israel. They want them  based on U.S. President Barack Obama's May 19 speech stating Israel's pre-1967 lines as a starting point for new borders. This is an indication of the negative impact of the Obama address, as this is now the starting point in the Arab mind for any negotiations, and further concessions are expected.

In his visit to Cairo yesterday, Abbas thanked the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Military Council, Hussein Tantawi, for opening the crossing at Rafah and facilitating attempts at reconciliation amongst the Palestinians.



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