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Maariv: Sisi is a Strategic Treasure for Tel AvivSalem-News.com Foreign Affairs
“There is no room for doubt that after the rise of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power, political relations and security aid continued between Israel and Egypt at the highest levels.” - Yossi Melman
(SALEM, Ore.) - Days after the explosions in the Sinai adopted by the "State of the Sinai" —ISIS branch in Egypt— Yossi Melman, an Israeli security expert, revealed details on the close links between Egyptian President Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israel. Al-Sisi took the reins of power after a military coup with US and Saudi support.
The Israeli Maariv newspaper wrote, “The Israeli aid includes handing over missiles to Egypt, in addition to intelligence and security information under (the) military security agencies –Aman. Shin Bet and Mossad’s leadership work with the Egyptian Army”.
Yossi Melman said in a recent interview,citing that the Israeli and French security and military support the interactions using satellites.
Melman claimed that Israel's permanent support, so far led to the thwarting of a number of terrorist operations led by extremist groups in Sinai.
In the same context, Egyptian political analysts believes that the expansion of “the state of the Sinai” in Egypt in light of the neglect of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s government, become an excuse that deepened Israeli influence in Egypt.
Observer's concerns increase due to Israeli officials statements that confirm its insistence on direct intervention in the event that Israel's security is threatened.
Experts say the term “threat to the security of Israel” makes Egypt vulnerable to the entry of Israeli troops directly on the fire line in Egyptian territories, after decades of Israeli military presence in the Sinai.
On the other hand, Melman revealed information regarding the strong relations between the Israeli and Egyptian security forces, stressing the important role played by the Shin Bet in Egypt.
“Yoram Cohen, head of the Shin Bet, is a well-known figure among the Egyptian security agencies and that the presence of similar figures like Cohen in Egypt is a routine,” Yossi Melman added.
“There is no room for doubt that after the rise of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power, political relations and security aid continued between Israel and Egypt at the highest levels,” Melman concluded.
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