The meeting of the head of the “Israeli National Security” with Abbas Kamel in Cairo .. the goal and the messages

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Israeli media revealed that an Israeli delegation headed by the head of the National Security Council of the occupation government, Eyal Holata, had arrived in Cairo and met with the head of Egyptian intelligence, Abbas Kamel, to discuss files, foremost of which are the ceasefire efforts in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and the prisoner exchange deal.

Axios had revealed that the head of the General Intelligence, Major General Abbas Kamel, plans to visit Israel later this month (November 2021); To hold talks with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other senior officials. This visit will be the second visit by an Egyptian intelligence official to the occupying country (the first visit took place on August 18, 2021), since the new government was sworn in on June 13, 2021. He is likely to visit the whole of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in order to push forward the bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Mada Masr reports from sources in the coup government that the coming days will witness an increase in the frequency of exchange visits between Egyptian security officials and their Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, in the hope of achieving progress in the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.

According to the Egyptian source, Cairo is intensifying its efforts to reach a first stage of the deal, under which a number of Palestinian convicts who do not face charges of involvement directly or indirectly in any actions that led to the killing of Israelis will be released, in exchange for assurances about the safety of the Israelis detained by the Islamic Resistance Movement. Hamas in Gaza.

And Israeli newspapers indicated, a week ago, that the Cairo-sponsored understandings failed to achieve this first stage due to the lack of agreement on the numbers of Palestinians to be released and the nature of their sentences, in exchange for Tel Aviv receiving a video that reassures the families of detainees held by the Palestinian resistance movement “Hamas.”

The Egyptian source adds that the matter is still under negotiation, adding that Abbas Kamel is working hard to ensure a breakthrough in the file soon. He added, “soon” in this case does not mean tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, but before the end of this year, pointing out that there are arrangements A visit by Kamel to Israel as well as to the Palestinian territories, as well as the dispatch of Egyptian envoys to both sides, with the reception of envoys from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to achieve the same purpose.

The same source added that what he described as “very positive developments in Egyptian-Israeli relations allow the two parties’ trust in each other to be used in seeking to move forward in this regard, especially in light of the slowdown in the chances of having direct Palestinian-Israeli political consultations.”

According to the report, the Foreign Minister of the coup government, Sameh Shoukry, told his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, during the Egyptian-American strategic dialogue meetings, that Cairo is moving “around the clock and on a daily basis” to preserve the calm reached this spring between Israel and Hamas, and that it It is working seriously to achieve a breakthrough in the prisoner deal, considering that this will support calm efforts.

Shoukry stressed to his American counterpart that Cairo and Tel Aviv are striving hard to develop their bilateral relationship, and that the coming days will witness clear manifestations of developing relations, including the security level, especially after the recent agreement to raise the limits of the Egyptian military presence in Sinai from what was agreed upon in the peace agreement, as well as raising Tel Aviv. Israel for security and information cooperation with Cairo, which allows combating any spread of members of armed groups in the Sinai, or any disturbances on the Israeli border with Gaza.

Hamas keeps four Israelis, including two soldiers who were captured during the war on Gaza in the summer of 2014 (without disclosing their fate or health status), and the other two who entered the Strip in unclear circumstances during the past years. On the other hand, Israel detains about 4,850 Palestinians in 23 prisons and detention centers, including 41 female prisoners, 225 children, and 540 administrative detainees (without charge), according to institutions specialized in prisoners’ affairs.

Abbas Kamel had revealed to “Axios” website that the current Egyptian moves aim to conclude a prisoner exchange agreement between Hamas and Israel, hoping that it would contribute to agreeing a long-term armistice and resuming negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which have been suspended since 2014.

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