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Letting Egypt dictate terms is a monumental mistake

Letting Egypt 'broker peace' between Israel and Hamas is akin to giving Iran the moral high ground in negotiations between Hezbollah and Israel. It's a major mistake that will only draw out the conflict in the long-term

by Phoenix on 18 November 2012 10:29

It's almost as if we've forgotten than Hamas is a Muslim Brotherhood organisation.

Letting Egypt 'broker peace' between Israel and Hamas is akin to giving Iran the moral high ground in negotiations between Hezbollah and Israel. It's a major mistake that will only draw out the conflict in the long-term.

Western countries seem to be leading from behind in the latest clash between Israel and Hamas with both Hilary Clinton and William Hague allowing Egypt to take the reins. 

But while Egypt don't always get what they want from Hamas, it's quite obvious that the two are on the same side when it comes to seeing off the Zionists. Israel's allies are letting it down by failing to assert themselves during this war.

Think for a moment about why, following the assassination of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, Egypt sent its Prime Minister to Gaza. Was it to convey condolences? Probably a bit. To broker peace? Probably not.

Instead, the tactic was likely used to slow down the Israeli Pillar of Defense operation, without drawing Egypt into the conflict. Buying Hamas time was Egypt's main mission. It succeeded in allowing for a more robust response, allowing rockets to be fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

If the international community really wants to end the ongoing conflict, it will seek a removal of Hamas from the helm of 'government' in Gaza, rather than allowing Egypt to help prop up the terrorist outfit. 

If not, Israel may have to seek such an eventuality single-handedly. This means a showdown with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood government, which means a far larger military showdown than one could have imagined even a few weeks ago.

Read more on: egypt, Israel , Hamas, gaza, operation pillar of defense, Mohamed Morsi, and muslim brotherhood
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