Risks and Realities of the Egyptian-Israeli Alliance Against Hamas

Risks and Realities of the Egyptian-Israeli Alliance Against Hamas
Palestinian boys, holding Hamas flags, stand on the rubble of Aisha mosque destroyed in an Israeli strike, Gaza City, Aug. 11, 2014 (AP photo by Hatem Moussa).

With another ceasefire set to expire, Israeli and Palestinian diplomats are once more in Cairo for Egyptian-brokered talks to end the fighting in Gaza. Egypt is hardly a neutral mediator: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s hostility toward the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot, Hamas, is no secret; neither, for that matter, is Egypt’s close security relationship with Israel, firmly established under ousted President Hosni Mubarak. But the inner workings of that relationship are rarely exposed. That made the Wall Street Journal’s reporting last week of Israel’s close coordination withel-Sissi during its military assault on Gaza all the more revealing. The month-long conflict […]

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