Egypt Denies Report Backing President Trump on Yerushalayim

Egypt fumes over NYT report of official playing down Trump J'lem decision

Mekameleen TV is an Istanbul-based free-to-air satellite television channel, run mostly by exiled Egyptians.

The report stated that an Egyptian intelligence officer had privately advised prominent talk show hosts to convince their viewers to accept Trump's Jerusalem decision, whilst publicly they were urging political leaders to take a harsh stance and oppose it.

In a statement, the Egyptian government said it was "inappropriate for the New York Times, a reputable newspaper, to publish such allegations". "Rather, Egypt's positions are conveyed by the President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and in official statements as well", the statement added.

A Palestinian official also dismissed the content of the recordings on Monday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt, on December 11, 2017.

"The point that is risky for us is the intifada issue".

Egypt was among one of the first countries to criticise Trump's move, which prompted widespread worldwide condemnation and deadly protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.

"The Times report itself admits this fact regarding the Egyptian position, saying "Egypt submitted a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding a reversal of Mr. Trump's decision", the SIS said.

The recordings released by Mekameleen, however, has cast doubt over Egypt's position.

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He added, according to the Times, "At the end of the day, later on, Jerusalem won't be much different from Ramallah".

Two of the calls were with other well-known Egyptian talk show hosts.

"We, like all our Arab brothers, are denouncing this matter", Captain Kholi continued.

However, recently, the Egyptian-Israeli relations mildly soured after US President Donald Trump's announcement of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, opposing what Egypt has been trying to mediate which is a joint capital between the Israelis and the Palestinians. "We have enough on our plate as you know".

He went on to describe the reaction to Trump's decision "dangerous" and said it could strengthen Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip.

"An Intifada [uprising] would not serve Egypt's national security interests because an Intifada would revive the Islamists and Hamas", el-Kholi said.

Egypt officially rejects the idea that a state representative would promote any city other than eastern Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. One of them, Mofid Fawzy, quickly denied taking part in any such conversation and immediately hung up the phone. The Times said the recordings all appeared to match public recordings of the hosts' voices and that one of the hosts, Azmi Megahed, confirmed during an interview with the newspaper the authenticity of the recording in which he is heard agreeing with Kholi. "What matters is ending the suffering of the Palestinian people", Kholi concluded.

In one recording, Captain al-Kholi says: "I am telling you what is the stance of Egypt's national security apparatus and what it stands to benefit from in this matter of announcing Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, O.K.?".

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