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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gives a joint statement with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry prior to their meeting at his office on July 10, 2016. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gives a joint statement with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry prior to their meeting at his office on July 10, 2016. (AFP)
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The Egyptian foreign minister has visited Israel, the highest ranking visit of its kind since 2007. Egypt and Israel already have a peace treaty, they cooperate on security matters and the siege of Gaza. But what does new visit mean for the Palestinians?

During the visit, the foreign minister called for renewed peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials and warned of the “constant deterioration” of the situation on the ground since the last round of negotiations between the two sides collapsed in April 2014.

In April 2016, Israel’s deputy chief of staff spoke of an “unprecedented level of cooperation” with Egypt, mainly regarding “intelligence-sharing.”

In 1979, Egypt was the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel after years of conflict. However, relations cooled over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, and were further soured after the June 2012 election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi as Egyptian president.