Turkish TV airs Egypt intelligence tapes on Jerusalem

Turkish TV airs Egypt intelligence tapes on Jerusalem

This trip, which has been in the works for months, was originally supposed to include meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar mosque and the pope of the Egyptian Coptic Church, who leads the largest Christian denomination in the Middle East. Pence had also planned to visit Bethlehem.

This followed a leak of an audio clips of phone conversations where influential Egyptians were being convinced to support Trump's idea.

In his December 6 address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as merely based on reality.

The Egyptian official, known as "Ashraf al-Kholi", instructed celebrities, including TV hosts Mofid Fawzy, Saeed Hasaseen, Azmi Megahed and popular actress Yousra, to persuade their audiences to accept Trump's Jerusalem decision.

The report said that Kholi told the talk show hosts that the Palestinian threat to spark a third intifada against Israel in response to Trump's statement would be bad for Egypt since it would "revive the Islamists and Hamas".

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On Saturday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with Arab foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the UAE and the Palestinian Authority as well as Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit to discuss seeking global recognition of eastern Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. Egypt's State Information Service likewise denounced the Times piece as irresponsible and insinuated that the officer in question, named as Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, does not even exist.

Pence will arrive in Cairo on January 20 for a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, heading the following day to Amman for a one-on-one with King Abdullah II. "We have enough on our plate as you know", Kholi allegedly said regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

For decades, powerful Arab states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia have publicly criticised Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, while privately acquiescing to Israel's continued occupation of territory the Palestinians claim as their homeland.

Nevertheless, Egyptian religious leaders close to the government have refused to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Megahed is deeply invested in avoiding a fresh outbreak of violence. "I only care about the interests of my country".

In response to Trump's move, Egypt publicly said the decision was a violation of worldwide resolutions on the city's status. At the time, Abbas's diplomatic adviser, Majdi Khaldi, said Abbas would not meet with Pence "because the USA has crossed red lines" with its decision on Jerusalem.

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