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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Embattled Netanyahu Set for Egypt

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces mounting pressure over Middle East peace moves from Israel's Arab neighbors ahead of his first official trip to Egypt.

The hardline leader has angered Arabs by rejecting the land-for-peace principle and by failing to renew talks with the Palestinian self-rule Authority on a final peace settlement.

Netanyahu is to go to Egypt Thursday to meet with President Hosni Mubarak on Middle East peace.

"We are viewing it as a get-acquainted visit aimed at convincing Egypt that a confrontational attitude will not advance the peace process," Netanyahu's spokesman Michael Stoltz said Wednesday.

Palestinians hope that Netanyahu, who maintained an unbending stand during his first trip to Washington last week, will change his views when he meets Mubarak.

Netanyahu ruled out talks with Palestinians on Arab East Jerusalem and with Syria on the Golan Heights. He has also vowed to build Jewish settlements on Arab land seized in 1967.