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Did Egypt inadvertently aid Israel before the war in Gaza broke out?
Jewish World Review ^ | 11/19/2012 | Kristen Chick & Ahmed Aldabba

Posted on 11/19/2012 9:59:49 AM PST by Former Fetus

As Egypt's closure of some of the smuggling tunnels from Gaza drives up prices in the tiny coastal enclave, it has also spurred anger toward Egypt's new Islamist president for throttling one of Gaza's main sources of goods.

Egypt began destroying tunnels as part of a security crackdown in the Sinai after militants attacked an Egyptian army checkpoint near Rafah on Aug. 5, killing 16 Egyptian soldiers before crossing the border to attack Israel.

The operation has slowed the tunnel trade, leading to price increases in Gaza on items like building materials and food. The Hamas government has protested the closure of tunnels, but it has also used the opportunity to press Egypt to allow legal trade between the two sides and abolish the tunnels entirely.

While Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, might have expected a friendlier partner across the border when the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi became president, President Morsi has rebuffed the request for a free trade zone while clamping down on smuggling.

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: egypt; gaza; tunnels
This is my favorite part: Egyptian officials have long feared that opening trade with Gaza would allow Israel to close its border with Gaza and pass on the responsibility of meeting Gaza's humanitarian needs to Egypt. LOL
1 posted on 11/19/2012 9:59:55 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

It seems like the Palestinians in Gaza have done a very good job of pissing off the Egyptians as well as the Israelis, and now find themselves with few reliable allies in their immediate vicinity.

Doesn’t materially affect their standing elsewhere in the world. Just consider the wide support they are getting even in New York City. And Turkey seems all too happy to run guns and war material into Gaza.

2 posted on 11/19/2012 10:08:56 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: Former Fetus

Does anyone really want the hyenas in Gaza to actually prevail? The Hamas dudes are serious purists, and would kill anyone not as pure as them, Muslim or not.

You think the Egyptians want this in their house?

3 posted on 11/19/2012 10:10:31 AM PST by lurk
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To: lurk

Kuwait deported about 300,000 Palestinians, as I understand it.

4 posted on 11/19/2012 10:24:06 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

Little Hussein of Jordan had the right idea; tween 3,400 and 10,000 (depending on which lying muslim you believe) were killed in Black September, 1970.

5 posted on 11/19/2012 11:27:35 PM PST by Yehuda (
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