(Central Israel) -- This morning, The Jerusalem Post published a new column of mine. In it, I describe my recent meeting with the leader of Egypt and three distinct impressions of him that I walked away with. Below, you'll find a few excerpts, and a link to the full column on the Post website.
I ask all Christians around the world to continue praying for the Christians of Egypt as they mourn those killed and wounded in two savage suicide bombings there on Palm Sunday, and to continue praying for the leaders of Egypt as they battle the radicals and work to improve security -- and the economy -- for Christians and all their citizens.
As I noted yesterday, these attacks were not isolated incidents. Rather, "they are the latest salvos in a dangerous new ISIS offensive to destabilize Egypt, and they underscore the urgency of close Egyptian security cooperation with both the U.S. and Israel to neutralize this jihadist threat." Let us stand in solidarity with Egypt at this critical time.
By Joel C. Rosenberg, Jerusalem Post, April 11, 2017
On Wednesday, I had the honor of participating in a two-hour meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi in Washington, DC....
As a result of what I saw and heard during the meeting, as well as in President Sisi’s interactions with US President Donald Trump, congressional leaders and American business leaders, I came away with three distinct impressions.
First, President Sisi is a man determined to rebrand Egypt as a trustworthy and stable American and Western ally after years of political chaos and instability.
Second, as the former commander-in-chief of the Egyptian military, Sisi is well trained and well positioned to make Egypt an effective leader in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.
Third, as the leader of the first Arab nation ever to sign a peace treaty with Israel, President Sisi believes Egypt offers a model that can help lead the region to peace with the Jewish state. What has intrigued me as I have studied Sisi is how much he admires the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, even though Sadat was assassinated for visiting Jerusalem and agreeing to the 1979 Camp David Accords. Most Egyptians opposed the peace deal then. Many still do.