Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:05
Written by Ari Yashar - Arutz Sheva
Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
declared that if Israel won't recognize the "state of Palestine," with its capital in Jerusalem, he will never visit Israel.
Speaking in a TV interview on Saturday, Sisi added "Egypt is a country whose policy, history and honor to contracts and treaties is firmly rooted. I'm part of the country, and will respect all international treaties and contracts, including the peace treaty with Israel."
Sisi's lip service to the peace treaty signed with Israel in 1979 comes as the treaty has been increasingly put in question
since the 2011 "Arab Spring."
Addressing the Israeli government, Sisi said "a true opportunity is before you to have a true peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority (PA), which is necessary to open the 'gate of hope' in the (Middle East) region."
For his part, Sisi promised on Monday that the Muslim Brotherhood would not be allowed to exist
in Egypt if he wins the upcoming May 26-27 elections, in which he is strongly favored over his lone contender. The Muslim Brotherhood is associated with Hamas, and Egypt has recently banned both groups.
An Egyptian court last month passed death sentences on 683 Muslim Brotherhood
members. In another case in which 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death
the month before, the judge upheld 37 death sentences but reversed the death sentences sentences of the other 492, commuting most to life in prison. Most of the people sentenced were tried in absentia.