Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows the way to Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukri, left, during a press conference in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
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When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi turned a standard speech on electricity supplies into an unexpected appeal for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, one man who wasn't surprised was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.In the latest sign of the warming relations, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri visited Israel Sunday to discuss efforts to renew stalled Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, the first public visit by an Egyptian foreign minister in nine years. Blair met Netanyahu Monday to follow up on the Shoukri visit and help lay the groundwork for a summit with Sisi, according to an Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivity.Arrangements are being made for Netanyahu to travel to Egypt by the end of the year for a meeting with Sisi, Channel 2 television said, without saying where it got the information.The affinity between Sisi, 61, and Netanyahu, 66, is also remarkable given that antipathy toward Israel still runs deep in Egypt.Israel's closeness to Sisi precedes his presidency.After Israel and Turkey ended a six-year rift last month and said they would start talks on energy supplies, Netanyahu publicly sent a message of reassurance to Sisi.
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