Following his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday, Arab media is reporting that US President Donald Trump is looking to host a Mideast peace summit as early as this summer.
And that has more than a few people in Israel concerned.
While Israel and Egypt have enjoyed close cooperation under Al-Sisi, the Egyptian leader reportedly told Trump that peace between Israel and the Arabs should be based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
Israel at the time expressed appreciation for the concept of comprehensive peace (as opposed to separate peace processes with the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world) but was unable to accept many of the terms, like opening the gates of the Jewish state to millions of so-called “Palestinian refugees.”
Should Egypt and other Arab nations convince Trump to adopt the 2002 Initiative as the foundation for future peace talks, Israel could once again find itself in a dangerous position.
According to the Arab daily Al-Hayat, that’s precisely what’s happening.
American sources cited by the paper said Trump was looking at a US-hosted peace summit this summer, with Egypt joining the US as one of the chief arbiters between Israel and the rest of the Arab world.
Egypt is already officially at peace with Israel.