Egyptian Journalist: Opposing Normalization Contravenes Egypt's Foreign Policy

(MEMRI) Egyptian journalist 'Abd Al-Mun'im Sa'id, board chairman of the Al-Masri Al-Yawm daily, who was appointed by President Al-Sisi to the Egyptian Senate, on Nov. 29, 2020, condemned the perception that the Egyptian people oppose normalization with Israel. He wrote that Egypt made a "brave peace" with Israel by choice and based on its interests. "We know very well how Egypt conducts itself in the east of the Mediterranean and how other Arab countries have followed our lead with regard to relations with Israel." "Did the Egyptian people choose [to oppose normalization] when factories in Egypt held demonstrations, demanding to be part of the QIZ (Qualified Industrial Zone) agreement [signed by] Egypt, Israel and the U.S....which gives priority to Egyptian merchandise and opens the gates of the large American market to it?" "The question is, why did we not see such outrage and opposition over the Russian or Turkish occupation of Syria, the Iranian occupation of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, or every time Saudi Arabia was targeted [by the Houthis]?"

2020-12-17 00:00:00

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