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Egyptian leaders urged quiet acceptance of Trump Jerusalem decision: report

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Egyptian intelligence officers overheard asserting that Ramallah should suffice for the Palestinians

A report published in the New York Times on Saturday revealed that Egypt's outward policy towards US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was contradictory to internal discussions being held behind closed doors by Egypt's leaders.

The report cited recordings obtained by the New York Times of top Egyptian intelligence officials urging political leaders to, publicly, take a stance against Trump's announcement but, privately, intelligence officers urged a quiet acceptance.

Egyptian intelligence officer Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi is overheard saying that "like all our Arab brothers" Egypt should publicly condemn the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but, behind closed doors, Kholi asked  “How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?”

Other Egyptian leaders are overheard agreeing that the Palestinians should be content to remain the West Bank.

Outwardly, Egypt maintained a strict policy of condemning Trump's bombshell decision, which sent shock waves throughout the Middle East, sparking protests and violence.

Egyptian leaders refused a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, and Egypt submitted a United Nations Security Council resolution seeking to undo Trump’s decision, which was ultimately vetoed by the US. 

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MBS & el-Sissi both agree on the right of the Jews to Jerusalem. I24 should stop to provide biased information. J & S are contested territories that historically are part of IL.

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