Egyptian Intelligence Head Omar Suleiman is slated to arrive in Jerusalem on Wednesday for a number of meetings with Israel’s leaders including Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.
Suleiman is Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s mediator of indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel regarding kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
Suleiman’s visit entails strengthening the cease-fire with the Palestinians and increasing Cairo’s involvement in preventing the smuggling of weapons from Sinai into the Gaza Strip.
His upcoming visit to Israel would serve as reinforcement to the process, which began on Sunday’ and would end with the establishment of a technocratic government, acknowledging Israel and renouncing terror.
Rice is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Jericho, but the US does not plan on getting personally involved in the peace process until the formation of a Palestinian unity government. The Bush Administration is urging Abbas and Olmert to move forward with the diplomatic process on their own.
Olmert said he prefers to wait for Abbas to stop terror and adhere to the cease-fire. Olmert also expects Abbas to create a government that accepts the Road Map before meeting with him.