Israel-Egypt Cooperation in 2019: Strategic Warming, Civilian Coolness?

Author
Haim Koren
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Mitvim: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
Abstract
Since President Abdel Fatah a-Sisi’s rise to power in 2014, Israeli-Egyptian ties have been marked by defense-strategic cooperation. This is based on the shared perception of Iran and radical Islamist terror organizations as a threat, and the common interest in managing the Palestinian issue, in general, and specifically the Gaza arena. In the inherent tension between ideology and national interests, Egypt continues to strive for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians (Fatah, Hamas and the other Palestinian factions) and seeks to bring about internal Palestinian reconciliation beforehand (between the leaderships in Ramallah and Gaza). Its role as a key mediator between Hamas and Israel is crucial, and is in line with Egypt’s international standing as an important regional leader.
Topic
Defense Policy, Diplomacy, Regional Cooperation, Bilateral Relations, Peace
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Gaza, Egypt