After Egypt's Diplomacy Falters, Israel Must Decide Whether to Launch Ground Offensive

Despite the blunt statements, Cairo doesn't want a direct or indirect military conflict with Israel, not even if the fighting between Hamas and Israel continues.

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's historic visit to the Gaza Strip raised hopes for a lull in the third day of Israel's air offensive, but for now it seems these were false hopes.

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil (L) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh waving to people in Gaza City November 16, 2012. Credit: Reuters

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