The article by Kirkpatrick, the Times' worldwide correspondent in London, claimed the newspaper obtained audio recordings of telephone calls between an alleged Egyptian intelligence officer and the hosts of several talk shows in Egypt instructing them to persuade their viewers to accept US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the city last December.
According to The New York Times report from Saturday, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi told the hosts they should persuade their viewers to support the idea that the capital of a future Palestinian state should be Ramallah rather than Jerusalem.
It said people cited by the USA daily were not either TV hosts or had stopped appearing on television even before Trump's Jerusalem move.
The recordings in Arabic, aired by the Mekameleen TV network late on Sunday, were first reported on by the New York Times and appeared to contradict Egypt's public condemnation of the United States move.
Host Azmi Megahed, the fourth person el-Kholi spoke with, confirmed the conversation to the Times.
"It is inappropriate for The New York Times, a reputable newspaper, to publish such allegations", said an official statement by Egypt's State Information Service (SIS).
The statement added that Egypt has expressed "in word and dead" its position on the Jerusalem issue at the United Nations despite threats by the USA to cut off aid to countries that condemn its Jerusalem decision at the UN General Assembly. "We have enough on our plate".
An intifada would not serve Egypt's national security interests because an intifada would revive the Islamists and Hamas.
He added, "I think the USA is working intentionally to try to create an atmosphere which says that their move has been committed or taken with a tacit approval of certain Arab governments". Later on, he said in press statements that he intends to file a complaint. "Hamas would be reborn once more", Kholi said, according to the paper.
Egypt has long accused Hamas of supporting groups fighting its security forces in the Sinai peninsula, a region that borders Gaza and Israel.
Following U.S. President Donald Trump's Jerusalem announcement, Egypt submitted a UN Security Council resolution demanding a reversal of the decision, whilst Egyptian state media reported that President al-Sisi had personally protested to Trump.
The SIS said that the people mentioned in the article were incorrectly labeled "the hosts of several influential talk shows in Egypt". "Concessions are a must and if we reach a concession whereby Jerusalem will be - Ramallah will be the capital of Palestine, to end the war and so no one else dies, then we would go for it".
A set of leaked audiotapes reveal that the Egyptian government has all but abandoned its solidarity with the Palestinian people.
"I am friends with Ashraf and we talk all the time", Megahed said. "I have no problem saying all of the things you heard in that call in public".
One of the phone calls was also to well-known Egyptian actor and singer, Yousra, who heeded his advice.