Israeli PM accepts Egyptian offer to host summit with PA President

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal under worldwide law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land Palestinians view as part of their future state.

Sameh Shoukry's visit was the first made by an Egyptian foreign minister in nine years and he traveled to Jerusalem for two meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Shoukry's visit to Israel was the first by an Egyptian foreign minister since 2007.

"As happened in all previous instances, when deeds attributed to Prime Minister Netanyahu turned out to be baseless, here as well there will be nothing, because there is nothing", said Nir Hefetz, an adviser to the Netanyahu family.

Diplomatic sources in Egypt told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an that advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process will be at the top of the agenda at the meeting. "This is the only way we can address all the outstanding problems between us, and turn the vision of peace based on two states for two peoples into a reality". The initiative offered full recognition of Israel but only if it gave up all land seized in the 1967 Middle East war and agreed to a "just solution" for Palestinian refugees.

The term "undivided", which was omitted from the party platform in 2012, would suggest that even under a future peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem would remain under Israeli control. Ethiopia's Desalegn, whose country will be a member of the UN Security Council next year, said he would continue to back Palestinian statehood even while supporting Israel's bid for observer status at the African forum. However, the French efforts are still troubled.

"We're familiar with the American position; we don't accept it. Building in Jerusalem and Maale Adumim is not, with all due respect, distancing peace", Netanyahu said on Wednesday at a press conference in Rwanda, referring to an illegal settlement near Jerusalem, Al-Jazeera reported. However, relations deteriorated over Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, and were further worsened after the election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as Egyptian president in 2012.

The Egyptian minister also spoke about the terrible spread of terrorism in the region.

Mr Shoukry said the situation in the Middle East was "becoming ever more volatile and unsafe, particularly as the phenomenon of terrorism continues to grow and proliferate, representing an existential threat to the peoples of the region and the world at large". "No person, group or people are exempt; none are immune from this threat".

Mr. Netanyahu asked the Palestinians to follow the example of Egypt and Jordan, both of which have peace treaties with Israel, and join them for direct negotiations.

Netanyahu visited Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia, where he discussed increased cooperation with local leaders, including on matters of technology and security.

"If we are able to solve the issue of our Palestinian brothers it will achieve warmer peace I ask that the Israeli leadership allow this speech to be broadcast in Hebrew one or two times as this is a genuine opportunity, " Al-Sisi said.

"The foreign minister will hold extensive consultations during his visit with".

The Egyptian foreign minister echoed world sentiment.

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