Riddle of the Sphinx: How Does Egypt Do It?

With each new round of Israeli-Palestinian confrontation, Egypt emerges strong and indispensable. But its years-long role in the embargo of Gaza is underestimated.

The latest and most brutal Israel-Hamas war has ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, and not for the first time. Although Washington, Doha, Ankara, and a few others angled for a starring role, this war showed that when it comes to Israeli-Palestinian mediation - particularly Palestinians of the Islamist persuasion - all roads lead through Cairo.