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Israel, Egypt held secret talks over Gaza in May: Report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in New York

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on May 22 to discuss issues regarding the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 news reported Monday evening.

The sources, primarily senior American officials revealed that Netanyahu and a few advisors flew to Egypt to spend a few hours there. He returned to Israel the same night. The trip was supposedly kept secret even from ministers belonging to the diplomatic-security cabinet.

The officials said that Netanyahu and Sissi discussed Egypt’s efforts to promote a diplomatic solution for Gaza. The solution included restoring the Palestinian Authority to power in Gaza, arranging a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, easing the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the territory and rehabilitating its infrastructure.

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