Tourism, aviation and restoration of antiquities strengthen relations between Egypt and Israel |

Cairo – The events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the escalation of clashes between Israeli occupying forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem currently embarrassed the Egyptian government, as they erupted at a time when tourism, aviation and the restoration of Jewish monuments in Cairo began to regain momentum. positive political, security and economic.

The events in Jerusalem and the new developments in the relations between the two sides have been missing in the Egyptian media and have not stopped as if Cairo has nothing to do with them and is making efforts to stop the clashes and prevent clashes. moving towards more collaboration.

The Egyptian government treats Israel in a way that seems to be twofold: The escalation of the situation in the Palestinian territories during wartime or after the ceasefire does not prevent it from dealing with Israel in a cautious way that enables it to decide an end to interactions, or differences.

The expansion of the role played by terrorist organizations in the region has led to the imposition of several frameworks of understanding between the security services in the two countries in the past period. Coordination is expected to increase with the return of Israeli tourism to Egyptian resorts in Sinai.

Security and economic coordination

The official Jewish channel Kan reported on Monday that Tel Aviv is coordinating with Cairo to ensure the safety of Israelis, who began flocking to Sinai in the last days to spend the Jewish Passover holiday, which will end next Friday.

The channel said security structures are closely monitoring the entry of Israelis into Sinai to ensure the safety of the tens of thousands who have arrived and that the southern army command has raised the state of alert along the travel axes in Israel.

Israeli tourism has been a target of terrorist groups in previous periods, before the Egyptian security services were able to eliminate its striking force recently, which encouraged the Israelis to resume their operations to enter Sinai and offset part of the loss suffered by the Tourism Sector in Egypt after the stagnation that hit flights from Russia and Ukraine.

Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi instructed to step up ISIS-related intelligence efforts in Sinai and pass some information to the Egyptian security services.

Israeli tourists come to Egyptian resorts in Sinai because of preferential prices compared to the prices of Eilat resorts in Israel, and more than 700,000 tourists traveled there in 2019 before the spread of the Corona epidemic, and it is likely that the situation will returns to what it was.

Thousands of Israelis arrived in Sinai via the Taba border crossing to spend the Passover, and Israel’s first El Al flight departed for Sharm El Sheikh Airport, followed by flights to Arkia and Israir, after the two countries agreed to depart. a Direct Flight between David Benn Airport, Gurion and Sharm El Sheikh last March.

The state-owned airline, EgyptAir, began flights to Israel last October after Sinai Air, which is affiliated with EgyptAir, has operated flights to the route since the two sides signed a 1979 peace agreement.

Major General Yahya El-Kadouni, member of the Defense and National Security Committee in the House of Representatives of Egypt, stressed that the return of tourist and aviation delegations reflects the degree of security, coordination and political and economic understanding between the two countries, and proves security in Egypt after a period of tension.

He added for “Al-Arab” that the complex cooperation is apt for Cairo and Tel Aviv, as part of stability in the region and an affirmation of Egypt’s specific commitment to presenting itself as a place of peace.

He explained that the relationship between Egypt and Israel was sensitive and sharp and rapprochement sends many messages because there is no alternative to overcoming the challenges of stabilizing stability. When Egypt cooperates with Israel on many issues, it pushes for closer rapprochement between them and other countries.

The interrupting sound went out

The events in Jerusalem were missing in the Egyptian media, as well as new developments in relations between the two sides, as if Cairo had nothing to do with them and is trying to stop the clashes.

Coinciding with tourism and air opening, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced work on a project to restore the Ben Ezra Temple at the Old Cairo Religious Complex in central Cairo, as a kind of confirmation of the importance of Israeli tourism. , whose tours may later go beyond the issue of recreation in Sinai resorts.

Although the voice of the popular boycott of the official steps adopted by Cairo towards Tel Aviv fell to its lowest levels after the Arab Spring revolutions, it occasionally rises as a sign that there are limits to the extent to which relations between Egypt and Egypt and Israel arr.

Observers say Cairo used this trend indirectly to justify the freezing of some of the peace deal rights, but now this document no longer plays a significant role in light of growing restrictions on the movement of forces and political parties in the public sphere in Egypt. .

These observers believe that the developments that led to the increase of Arab cooperation with Israel on some regional issues blame Cairo for forcing it to abandon the use of the two means of opening up and curbing normalization together at this stage, which means that the the refusal to cooperate with Israel in the artistic and cultural field is gradually fading.

The “Ground” and “Nabia” music festivals, when launched last Sunday in the Egyptian Sinai, provoked reactions from the people by rejecting them, on the pretext that their organizers are Israelis.

The Egyptian branch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement called on Twitter for a boycott of a hotel chosen by the organizers to host the Nabia festival.

In the face of growing economic interests and returns that Egypt can achieve from cooperation in various fields, calls for a boycott and a halt to normalization with Israel are diminishing, meaning that closer cooperation in tourism, aviation and tourism will be the entry to strengthen cooperation on various security and political issues.

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