The former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Ishaf Levanon, confirmed that the human rights track is under the rule of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s regime. It is pushing towards a clash between Egypt and the new US administration headed by Joe Biden.
“Head to head”
This came, in an article by Yitzhak Levanon, published in the Hebrew newspaper “Maariv”, under the title: “Head to Head”.
Levanon said: “Many in Egypt do not know how to explain the real reason behind the sudden liberation a few days ago. Days for Mahmoud Hussein from the Egyptian prison.
He added, “Hussain, an employee of the Qatari Al-Jazeera network, was imprisoned 4 years ago without an indictment and without trial. Without conviction, he claimed that he called for revolution and spreading false news.
The ambassador claimed that “the prevailing idea outside Egypt about the liberation of Hussein is that he stands behind Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s will to soften it. And a bit of the possibility of confrontation with the administration of US President Joe Biden on the issue of human rights.
Urgent US orders
He added, “There are those who claim that its liberation constitutes a gesture to the Americans who contributed to the settlement between Qatar, Egypt and the Gulf States Council. Which allowed the restoration of full diplomatic relations between all the relevant countries.
He pointed out that after Sisi’s coup against the late president-elect Mohamed Morsi, “relations between Qatar and Egypt have deteriorated. Al-Sisi responded by closing the offices of Al-Jazeera channel in Egypt and pursuing its men, one of whom was Muhammad Hussein.
Levonon stated, “Over the years, the US Congress and Barack Obama’s administration were not satisfied with the position of the former president. Mubarak negative attitude towards social organizations operating in Egypt. And about the violation of human rights in the state, and this was one of the reasons that made Mubarak not like Obama.
He continued: “The rift was so deep that the American administration preferred not to keep Mubarak, who had deceived them on the issue of citizen rights. A subject close to the hearts of Democrats, Sisi did not agree with Obama on this specific topic. Today, he is afraid that Biden, who was Obama’s deputy, will continue the same path.
Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution
And he indicated that on the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, a group of Democratic American members of Congress held a forum. For human rights in Egypt. She announced that her goal is to calculate the course of relations with Cairo, and in the Egyptian parliament they were angry about that.
And he continued: “Meanwhile, Sisi sees this as a red flag and an indication of the future, and if this is not enough, he wrote. Dozens of Egyptian prisoners from inside the prison for President Biden. They reminded him of his statement on the eve of the elections, that the dictator Sisi would not cooperate.
Levanon emphasized that “Sisi is in a dilemma; He believes that someone is working to thwart him, and that he must defend himself by every means. He sees in every publication they have part of the plot against him. He also does not want Biden to be angry, and it is possible that the release of the “Al Jazeera” employee is indeed a reference to Biden. “
He noted, “Biden is also hesitating; He was a partner in Obama’s decisions, and was well aware of the anger against Egypt. He is also aware that Sisi has had a period of unison with President Trump, and it should end.
He added, “It seems that on the issue of human rights in Egypt, Biden and Sisi are on the path of collision, and the question is: When will it happen?” This?. Will they work before that to prevent him in the interest of pressing strategic issues in the Middle East?
Earlier, the Egyptian authorities released Correspondent for the Qatari Al-Jazeera channelJournalist Mahmoud Hussein, who was imprisoned. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s regime over the past four years.
Mahmoud Hussein was arrested during the Gulf crisis between the blockading countries and Qatar, for allegedly spreading false news. The release came. According to what an Egyptian security source announced.
The source said, “Mahmoud Hussein was released on Thursday evening,” while he did not provide any details in this regard.
According to precautionary measures
In the context, the Egyptian Observatory for Press and Media said that the Cairo Criminal Court decided on the first of February. The release of the journalist and director of Al-Jazeera correspondents, Mahmoud Hussein Jumaa.
The Egyptian Observatory indicated that this was done according to precautionary measures after 4 years of pretrial detention.
Precautionary measures usually include police surveillance of the person being released.
Arrest months before the siege crisis
Mahmoud Hussein was arrested in December 2016 at Cairo airport upon his return to Egypt on vacation. Coming from Doha, where he works for Al Jazeera.
Hussein’s release comes two weeks after the restoration of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced in June 2017 that they would sever ties with Qatar. Accusing it of being close to Iran and supporting extremist Islamic groups, which Doha denied.
A reconciliation between the four countries and Qatar took place at a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council held at the beginning of last month in the Saudi city of Al-Ula.
On January 18, direct flights between Egypt and Qatar were resumed, in implementation of the reconciliation agreement.
Amr Adib hinted
A few days ago, social networking sites in Egypt carried a video clip extracted from an episode of his program “Al-Hekaya”. Egyptian journalist Amr Adib. On MBC Egypt, the name of Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, who was detained by the Sisi regime, was mentioned years ago.
The section illustrates a dialogue that Adeeb had with the Egyptian journalist and politician Moataz Abdel Fattah, and the writer close to the regime, Mustafa Bakri.
The clip, which was monitored by Watan, also showed Amr Adib’s conversation with Abdel Fattah about the US elections. And the victory of the current US President Joe Biden. And Egypt’s relationship with this issue and its human rights file.
Abdel Fattah said during the beginning of the clip: “The first Arab country that welcomed Biden’s election is Egypt, and I am my side in Israel, Libya and Sudan. I have many files. I need as many allies as possible to be together. “
And Abdel Fattah continued with his speech: “I don’t want to lose someone, not at the expense of something.”
So Amr Adeeb opposes him and says to him: “Would you tell him that I am committed to the constitution, and I will make you work for me and get out for me”.
To Moataz Abdel-Fattah answered, “Why am I not diligently adhering to the constitution? Why am I doing Mahmoud Hussein on the island?
It is noteworthy that Mahmoud Hussein is an Egyptian news reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera, and he was arrested in 2016, specifically in December.
This is for his work for the Qatari channel, which Egypt accuses of incitement against its regime.
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