Bennett, Sisi discuss Israeli captives in Gaza, agree to meet


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Bennett, Sisi discuss Israeli captives in Gaza, agree to meet
Leaders spoke in phone conversation about bilateral issues and affirmed the importance of the 1979 peace treaty to regional stability.
JUNE 28, 2021

The two Israeli men and the remains of two soldiers held captive in Gaza must be returned, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday. It was the first phone conversation between the two leaders, as efforts continue to consolidate a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Both Bennett and Sisi agreed to set up a face-to-face meeting as soon as possible. Sisi emphasized the importance of a Gaza Strip ceasefire and the need to improve the civilian and humanitarian situation for the Palestinians living there, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Bennett spoke of the importance of Hamas returning the remains of two soldiers killed in 2014 during Operation Protective Edge, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, and the release of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed. The conversation took place hours after Israel allowed fuel for the Gaza power plant to enter the Gaza Strip for the first time since Operation Guardian of the Walls last month.