Mubarak urges Netanyahu to resume peace process
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday reiterated his call for Israel to review its positions and policies regarding the peace negotiations with the Palestinians. This call was made during the Egyptian leader's meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They discussed the current deadlock in the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel as a result of the resumption of settlement activity in the occupied lands.
According to press reports, Mubarak stressed to Netanyahu the need to review Israel's positions and the need to "take concrete actions to build trust with the Palestinian National Authority."
Regarding the current situation in the Gaza Strip, Mubarak stressed Egypt's rejection of any new aggression against the people there, warning of the dangers from the recent Israeli threats to carry out military operations in the Strip.
The meeting comes amid Israeli media reports that that President Barack Obama decided to stop his personal involvement in promoting an Israeli – Palestinian accord and referred this issue to the responsibility of his aides. According to these reports, the US leader is frustrated by the stands of Netanyahu over the issues of Jerusalem, refugees and borders.