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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).

Risks and Realities of the Egyptian-Israeli Alliance Against Hamas

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

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 with el-Sissi during its military assault on Gaza all the more revealing. The month-long conflict has so far killed 1,948 Palestinians, according to the United Nations, over two-thirds of them civilians. Sixty-four members of the Israel Defense Forces have died, as well as two Israeli civilians. ...

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