Egypt`s violations highly exaggerated - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 28.10.07 | 15:25 (IST)

    The secular Egyptian government is under threat from Egyptian fundamentalists from the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt fears Hamas the fundamentalist. Any success by Hamas will encourage their brethren in the Brotherhood. It therefore stands to reason that Egypts invests some honest efforts in stemming the flow of weapons into Gaza. The one who is most responsible for the situation is Israel itself, in preventing Abbas from negotiating a deal with Hamas that can restore at least border control to PA forces and help stem the flow from the Gaza side. (The Egyptians know what they are doing when they support reconciliation by Abbas and Hamas.) The other violation of allowing Gazan militants to return to their homes in Gaza is simply minor. These militants would have gone home freely had they done it a day before Hamas took over. So now they return home after their organizations do some favor to Egypt. (Hamas surrendered to it an al-Qaida escapee from jail.) This is a one way street. The Egyptians do not allow militants to come and go; they just allowed stranded militants to go home. Egypt should explain to Israel that it has a choice, paying for the militants upkeep as refugees in Egypt or let them home and forget it. It is obvious what Israel`s choice would be.

    from the article: War against Egypt in the winter
    First published 00:00 28.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 28.10.07
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