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Egypt, Israel to cooperate against militants: Sissi

Egypt, Israel to cooperate against militants: Sissi

But human-rights groups and his Egyptian critics point to a far-reaching crackdown on dissent that has ensnared many more people than just Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including some of the secular and reform-minded activists who became prominent during the 2011 revolt that unseated longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

When Pelley asked whether "this cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two enemies that once were at war", al-Sissi responded: "That is correct".

What happened after the Egyptian president granted an interview to "60 Minutes" in NY is making headlines.

Now here's a question we can mull over Shabbat: did el-Sisi really think CBS would bow before his demand to kill the interview, or was that his clever way of making sure every television in America be tuned to CBS on Sunday evening?

Toppled in 2011 after mass protests against his almost 30-year-rule, Mubarak took the witness stand in a Cairo court to testify about jailbreaks allegedly orchestrated by Morsi and other members of his Muslim Brotherhood group during the uprising. They say that the trials that don't follow proper judicial processes and are more concerned with "protecting the state" - a cornerstone of el-Sissi's rule - than enforcing the law. "We have a wide range of co-operation with the Israelis".

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Human Rights Watch estimates that around 60,000 political prisoners are being held in Egypt, where routine torture and extreme deprivation are commonly reported.

In February, Egypt launched "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018" in an effort to rid the peninsula of terrorists. Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab countries to have signed peace treaties with Israel, but relations remain sensitive due to hostility toward the Jewish state among their populations. "Whenever there is a minority trying to impose their extremist ideology, we have to intervene regardless of their numbers", he continued.

"I don't know where they got that figure", the president said.

The former president acknowledged that at the time, he had received information from his intelligence chief on the infiltration of militants from the Gaza Strip to the country's east during the uprising.

When asked about Mr Sisi's interview with CBS on Friday, an Israeli military spokesperson told the BBC: "We do not comment on foreign reports".


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