The Hebrew newspaper, Maariv, said that the current tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam had failed to summon Israel to mediate between the two countries, noting that Israel rejected this request.
In an article by Haki Khoji, he pointed out that this rejection came without Israel having any ambitions to solve the problems of others, although what is happening in southern Israel between those two countries may find comfort for the Israelis in the troubles of others, according to him.
Jacky Khogy explained, “Amid the public debate in Egypt about this problem, someone from time to time raises the name of Israel.
Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
He added: “There are those in Cairo who are convinced that it is secretly mediating to reach a solution to the issue thanks to its relations with the two parties, although this is a controversial claim, and it often arises in opposition circles, which show Abdel Fattah al-Sisi collaborating with Israel on an important national issue.”
He explained that “Egypt requested Israel’s mediation about two years ago in this issue, and the Egyptian question was discussed seriously.”
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He added, “But in the end, it was decided to reject the proposal, because the chances of the Israeli mission succeeding are low, and the two sides, the Ethiopians and the Egyptians, will hasten to blame the mediator for the failure.”
According to him, this is despite the fact that some countries have gained experience in resolving the conflicts of other countries, such as the United States, Germany and the Gulf states.
The birth of Israeli diplomacy
He pointed out that “since the beginning of Israeli diplomacy, it has not had the ambition to solve the problems of others, it is not a question of capabilities, but rather of political culture.”
He attributed that, because Israel did not view itself as a regional power, and if this is the case, then only militarily, not diplomatically, according to him.
He stressed that “unlike its friend the United States, Israel is not a sender of global ideas, and if it sees itself as such, this is not evident in its political behavior, unlike Egypt.”
And he continued: “For example, which wants to show itself as an influential country, and plays a regional role, and is in a hurry to provide mediation services to any party that needs it.”
He continued, “This is the Egyptian role, an expression of political terms that express its position and political aspirations.”
He claimed that “Israel sees itself, even after 70 years, seeking to consolidate its presence in the region, even though it is stronger than all of its neighbors.”
He added, “But when the state is preoccupied with survival, or at least tests itself in this way, it is not without the problems of others.”
Israel and the political arena
He continued: “This distinction leads us to a broader question: Is Israel a good player in the political arena, and has it ever embarked on a political process of strategic importance?”
He added, “The answers to these questions are not clear, but historical experience indicates that Sadat imposed peace with Egypt on Israel.”
He continued, “The agreement with Jordan came as a result of the thaw in relations with the Palestinians, and Oslo was imposed on Israel in the wake of the first intifada.”
It also came, according to the writer, under pressure from the administration of former US President Bill Clinton, and peace with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco came from former US President Donald Trump.
He stressed that “until these days, Israel has difficulty promoting a settlement in Gaza, and maintaining a fragile state of uncertainty.”
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He added, “However, her lack of resolve causes the security situation to falter, although the Israeli mediation required by the Egyptians, like the political initiative, requires some qualities that Israel does not usually seek for itself.”
He continued, “I’m definitely not conscious of it, such as shortness of breath, calmness, goal pursuit, and a high ability to deal with frustrations.”
He concluded by saying that “there are personalities in Israel who have these qualities, but the Israeli leadership is not programmed to solve complex problems through diplomatic means. It is good at identifying the enemy, and in military solutions, its sword is polished, but its tongue is dull.”
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