Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Egypt denies it urged quiet acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem decision

Egypt denies it urged quiet acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem decision

Egypt's government on Sunday denied and harshly criticized a New York Times report that said Cairo has quietly sought to convince the Egyptian public to accept the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, despite publicly opposing it.

The article by Kirkpatrick, the Times' global correspondent in London, claimed the newspaper obtained audio recordings of telephone calls between an alleged Egyptian intelligence officer and the hosts of several talk shows in Egypt instructing them to persuade their viewers to accept US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the city last December.

Intel official Captain Ashraf al-Kholi had urged hosts to persuade viewers to accept Mr. Trump's decision, the Times said, citing taped conversations.

It said people cited by the US daily were not either TV hosts or had stopped appearing on television even before Trump's Jerusalem move.

An article in The New York Times alleged that an Egyptian intelligence officer has been directing talk show hosts to downplay the issue which has provoked widespread anger in the Moslem world.

The story was confirmed by TV host Azmi Megahed.

The statement also asserted that Egypt's positions on worldwide issues are conveyed by the president, the minister of foreign affairs and in official statements, not from "alleged leaks from an anonymous source". "We have enough on our plate now".

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He added, "I think the U.S. is working intentionally to try to create an atmosphere which says that their move has been committed or taken with a tacit approval of certain Arab governments". "Hamas would be reborn once more".

"At the end of the day, later on, Jerusalem won't be much different from Ramallah".

Following US president Donald Trump declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital that caused rage in several Arab countries, Egypt filed a condemnation resolution to the United Nations security council.

But strife with Israel was not in Egypt's national interest, Capt. Kholi said. "An intifada would not serve Egypt's national security interests because an intifada would revive the Islamists and Hamas".

"There is a political decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and we will strive to reach an worldwide political decision to recognize a Palestinian state ... with (eastern) Jerusalem as its capital", Safadi said.

Saudi Arabia, which enjoys heavy influence with Egypt, has reportedly been pressuring other Arab states to accept Trump's Jerusalem move.

"The Times' report claims that Captain Ashraf al-Kholi is an officer with the Egyptian General Intelligence without presenting its readers with the slightest evidence as to the truth of this piece of information or that a person by this name exists in the first place", the statement said. "I have no problem saying all of the things you heard in that call in public". During a phone interview to "Al-Asema" (The Capital) program on Saturday, president of the Actors' Syndicate Ashraf Zaki announced that the syndicate will be strongly supporting the actress in "suing these programs and websites that are playing against Egypt".

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