NEW YORK — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s administration has come to rely heavily on Israel’s aid.
The president, a member of the conservative Muslim Brotherhood and an advocate of more religious freedom, is a friend of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
And as the Arab Spring unfolded in 2011, Egypt’s military overthrew longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
He was ousted by the military in a coup in 2013.
Now, Sisi is seeking to revive Egypt’s economy and ease the country’s chronic economic crisis.
Sisi, who has promised to do much to help Israel in the coming months, has asked Israel to help Egypt build a new border fence and establish a military headquarters in the Sinai Peninsula.
The two countries have been locked in a war of words since the 2014 military coup.
Egypt and the United States have both called for a halt to the violence.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also called for an end to violence.
Netanyahu, who arrived in Egypt on Friday, said Israel was ready to help.
“We’re ready to provide assistance to Egypt,” he said.
The border fence will be about 70 kilometers (43 miles) long, and will be connected to Israel’s border with Gaza, Israel’s neighbors.
Israel is the world’s biggest exporter of cement, a key part of the fence.
The Israeli military and the Egyptian military have been battling for control of the border since 2013.
The Egyptian military has denied Israel’s claims to the Sinai since then.
But Israeli officials say they have a better chance of winning the war if they can secure more territory, as Israel has been trying to do.
“If we could secure the border, we’d have the security we need to defend Israel,” said Amos Yadlin, a senior Israeli official in Cairo.
“But we are not there yet.”
Sisi says he has been looking to help build a wall and a base in the South Sinai for years, but it took some time.
“It took some years to get there, and we still have a long way to go,” he told reporters.
“There are lots of obstacles in the road, but we are determined.”
He added that he would ask Netanyahu to do more to help in the future.
Egypt has struggled for decades with a growing Islamic extremist threat.
The country has been at war with Israel since the 1956 Sinai War, when Egypt and its allies, Egypt and Jordan, took control of Sinai.
That war resulted in the deaths of more than a million Palestinians and the expulsion of millions of Israelis, mostly Jews.
In the early 1980s, Israel and Egypt fought a short-lived war in the Golan Heights.
In 1992, Egypt won its first peace treaty with Israel and began to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority to end its long-running conflict with Israel.
The agreement was called the Cairo Declaration and was signed by the leaders of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Syria, and the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.
Israel and the Palestinians were to sign a second peace treaty in 1994.
But it never came to pass, with the Palestinians refusing to agree to an agreement that would have involved a two-state solution for Israel and a Jewish state for the Palestinians.
A year later, in 1994, the Palestinians took control over Gaza.
The next year, Egypt began building a border fence across the Sinai, which it did after the 1992 Gaza war.
In 2003, Egypt launched Operation Cast Lead, a military campaign that ended the Israeli occupation of Gaza and led to a yearlong humanitarian ceasefire.
Israel said the military campaign was aimed at destroying tunnels that were dug by Hamas fighters into Israel and causing Israel to suffer massive civilian casualties.
In 2005, Israel started building a new, long-standing border fence along the southern border with the Gaza Strip.
Egypt began to build the fence, along with Israel, in 2006.
Suez Canal Suez is Egypt’s largest waterway and the main artery to the Mediterranean.
Sides have been at loggerheads over the years.
In 1973, Egypt was the last country in the region to have a canal connecting Suez to Israel.
Israel blocked it in a border dispute with Egypt.
Egypt then blocked the canal in 2010.
The latest round of tension erupted after Israel annexed the Sinai peninsula in 2006, taking control of parts of the territory.
Sixty years later, Egypt says the canal was stolen from it by Israel and that the Sinai has never been part of Israel.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-‘Abbas, a moderate, is also opposed to the canal.
In 2016, he told Israel that the two countries should not cooperate in building a wall, as Sisi has asked.
“I do not believe in walls, but I do believe in peace,” he reportedly said.
“And we must have peace.
This is not a war.
We need peace.”
Netanyahu, however, has said the two should cooperate in the building of a wall.
“The Israelis will have to build a