WCD Times – U.S. Television Network CBS said, the Egyptian government demanded it not air an interview with journalist Scott Pelley. In which Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-sisi said, His government and Israel are cooperating in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Scott Pelley : Would you say that this is the deepest and closest cooperation that you’ve ever had with Israel ?
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-sisi : That is correct, The air force sometimes needs to cross to the Israeli side and that’s why we have a wide range of coordination with the Israelis .
Scott Pelley : It’s been estimated, There are about a thousand’s of terrorist’s in Sinai, with more than a billion dollars in US military aid every year, why haven’t you wiped them out ?
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-sisi : why hasn’t the U.S. eliminated the terrorists in Afghanistan after 17 years and spending a trillion dollars ??
Abdel Fattah el-sisi, comments could inflame public opinion in his country, which regards the Jewish state as an occupier of Arab lands. The two countries have a 40-year old peace treaty and diplomatic relations but despite that, many Egyptians still think of Israel as the traditional enemy. Last year Egypt’s military denied press reports, that it was cooperating with Israel to root out isil-affiliated fighting groups in the mountainous Sinai region bordering the two countries.
Scott pelly, also questioned el-sisi about a Human Rights Watch report, that claims Egypt is detaining 60,000 political prisoners. Many of whom belong to the Muslim Brotherhood. The political party el Sisi outlawed a lot of women.
Abdel Fattah el-sisi said, “I don’t know where they got that figure, I said there are no political prisoners in Egypt. Whenever there is a minority trying to impose their extremist ideology, we have to intervene regardless of their numbers”
El Sisi, claimed any extremists that were being held would receive a fair trial. On a contradiction, for rights activists who say many are in prison and face long detentions. CBS says the interview with the Egyptian president was taped a few months ago but, didn’t say why it had been held until Sunday January 6th 2019.