World Bulletin / News Desk
“People have sacrificed their lives to ensure that Sinai remains a part of Egypt,” al-Sisi said in comments broadcast on state television late Tuesday.
Ayoub Kara, an Israeli-Druze politician, said recently that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump had discussed a plan -- reportedly proposed by al-Sisi -- to establish a Palestinian state in Sinai and the Gaza Strip.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, however, has vehemently dismissed the claim.
The northern Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a deadly insurgency since Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted in a 2013 military coup.
In Tuesday’s comments, Al-Sisi also said he had rejected a broad counter-terrorism plan involving the evacuation of residents from Al-Arish city, the regional capital of northern Sinai.
In recent days, scores of Coptic Christians have fled the peninsula following a spate of killings by suspected militants.
“The recent targeting of Al-Arish residents is aimed at undermining [Egypt’s] national unity by a group that seeks to spread fear and terror,” he said.
Al-Sisi added: “What’s now going on in Al-Arish reveals the plot being hatched against the Egyptian state.”