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Peacemaking Egypt!

Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip, three notable spells of war have engulfed one of the most densely populated parts of the world. The latest of such outbreaks have been by far the deadliest of the three armed conflicts; more than 1,800 people have perished since Israel launched its operation on 8 July. …


Dr Mohamed Fouad
Dr Mohamed Fouad

Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip, three notable spells of war have engulfed one of the most densely populated parts of the world. The latest of such outbreaks have been by far the deadliest of the three armed conflicts; more than 1,800 people have perished since Israel launched its operation on 8 July.

Throughout the three wars, Egypt has witnessed three different presidents but arguably has seen no changes to its pivotal role.  Although Egypt’s intervention in the current ordeal has been slower than previous times due to strained ties between Hamas and the Egyptian administration, Egypt is bound to successfully maintain its role as the most effective mediator in all of these conflicts. While, in reality, Egypt plays more of a conflict management role than a true peacemaking role, why does the country maintain such dominance in mediating conflicts between Israel and Hamas?

First of all, in the eyes of most of the world, Hamas is not legit! This makes any direct negotiations between Hamas and Israel or Hamas and any Western country an impossible feat. Furthermore, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is largely figurative in such conflicts, as he has virtually no control over the strip or its de facto rulers. Former US President Jimmy Carter has even argued that one of the keys to ending the current war in Gaza is for Israel to recognise Hamas as a legitimate political actor. But until this recognition materialises or until Hamas ceases to exist politically, Egypt’s role in the negotiation will always be required.

Second, Egypt is a well positioned mediator. From Hamas’ perspective, Egypt’s control of the Rafah border crossing, which is Hamas’ primary window to the outside world, is huge leverage that Egypt can bring to any negotiation. Hamas, which reels from a heavy blockade, will be motivated to accept a deal that will certainly involve some rights to use the crossing. From the Israeli perspective, Egypt is an important peace mediator largely due to the peace treaty that it has with Israel.

Lastly, Egypt’s recent ceasefire proposal was strengthened by several external factors.  Israel has been taking a beating internationally due to its brutal use of force. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to “end this madness”, following a shelling that killed at least 10 people in a strike on a UN school.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the bombardment “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible”. For Egypt, while internal outcry to stop the war has been largely muted, the new administration remains highly motivated to establish its credibility in the eyes of the Western world.

While tension runs high and will remain as such between Cairo’s administration and the Hamas organisation, rest assured that Egypt will once again bring this current version of the conflict to an end. It was Mubarak in 2009, Morsi in 2012 and now it will be Al-Sisi’s turn to make it happen.

 

Mohamed A. Fouad is a global expert on service quality as well as a political and social activist.

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  • Reda Sobky

    Egypt has just experienced a “stab in the back” from Hamas during the period of the deposed and after that. The hubris of someone who trains and equips jihadis to go into Egypt through their tunnels and kill Egyptian patriots supporting their government is inexcusable and will never be forgiven or forgotten…especially, the image of armed brutes coming out of tunnels in reverse–instead of smuggling what they need to smuggle they send groups of assassins and destroyers to commit massacres on a scale unknown to Egypt. I can’t remember the last time I saw conscript kids lined up on the ground and shot, that level of toxicity and utter arrogance cannot be and should not be accepted by Egypt and so, simply, Hamas has to go. This is how it works, you betray and destroy, you’re out.. This episode of violence was brought on as a war to try to change the equation as the cutting off of the tunnels means no money and the thing runs on money, so time is short as the money starts to run out. The saying “isa anta akramt el karim malaktaho, wa in akramta al laeem mamarado and this is exactly what they proved they are-laeem, mutaghatris, katel, isteghlali wa magnoon because they actually tried to cut the hand that has been their refuge all along with blood and treasure. The untrustworthy cannot be the entity that is entrusted with the responsibility for the Palestinian outcome-they are blustering mercenary fools at best and at worst devious and murderous maniacs. When they acted violently and bestially on behalf of the deposed-the gig was up, and the rest is borrowed time, the eleventh hour is here and the Palestinians deserve better…remember these were the guys who were throwing Fatah resistors in Gaza off roofs, fellow patriots in the cause and this happens. If this how they treat each other, how do you think they will treat you..whoever you are. just fodder for the dogs of war and their Qatari masters.

    • Solidus-Snake

      I agree with you entirely. Hamas is certainly to blame for dashing the hopes of the Palestinians time and time again, sacrificing their own children for the sake of advancing their own private agenda. Qatar is definitely the puppet master behind all these plots whether it is ISIS or Hamas or any other radical organization that threatens the lives of innocent civilians in the Middle East.

      • Sarfaraz A.

        You mean to say that Hamas murdered 2500 Palestinians not Israeli modernized missiles falling on Gaza? So what is the US to Israel if not puppet-master in obeying them? Hamas is freedom-fighter and does not murder Saudis, Syrians, Lebanese, Emirates, Qataris or Libyans etc. Why doesn’t ISIS attack Israel if Qatar or others are behind it? What keeps them at bay? Your say doesn’t count as you are not a well-wisher of Muslims’ causes, such as peace in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya. You are only here because this puppet Sisi (for UAE, Israel, Saudi) murders own Muslim Egyptians.

      • Sarfaraz A.

        So what is Sisi if not puppet for Israel, UAE and Saudi? As he did not condemn Israeli aggression on Gaza last year that cost 2500 Palestinians lives (mostly children and innocent people).

        • Reda Sobky

          This is not about President Sisi, these are crimes against Egypt plain and simple. I don’t think you get it partly because you are not Egyptian and it means nothing to you that assassins from a foreign country come in to murder conscripts and patriots under arms.

    • Sarfaraz A.

      Filthy lies by Sisi-apologists. So tell me please, did

      Sisi condemn Israel murdering of those Palestinian children?

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  • Ulrich Stegner

    Hamas has been democratically legitimized by the people of Gaza. Just because it excercises its responsibility to defend and care for the people of Gaza does not make it a terrorist organization. Terrorists are those that randomly killed over 1800 civilians in Gaza. Remember that the Al Kassam brigades only killed three people in israel and over 64 soldiers. Terrorists are those that bombed schools, hospitals, power Generators, police stations, countless homes of civilians etc. etc.
    How can anybody expect the inhabitants of Gaza to love or respect those that have emposed an inhuman and injust embargo for over seven years and inhumanly kiilled their families in 2008, 2012 and now in 2014.
    Egypt should not further opress the opressed and instead come to their aid by opening Rafah crossing and allowing the unimpeded flow of goods and people.and treat the Palestenians as equals who are entitled to the same human rights of freedom as the people of Egypt. Do not burden those who are already burdened but instead help them overcome their difficulties.

    • Reda Sobky

      Palestinians need results. Their lives have been disrupted and many have lost life and limb and what has been gained? If something good such as free access to imported goods, great- proper procedures at the border, welcome-no terrorists coming in or supported by Hamas-Ok, the suffering has been so great it just doesn’t make sense unless it accomplished something important-the people need it- personally I think Abu Mazin is the only one who can deliver now, Hamas has lost its relevance as a fighting force and is better now as a trading chip in the quest to affirm Palestinian rights, yes, I think these are the last months of that group as ruling Gaza.

      • Ulrich Stegner

        You are right: Palestinians need results and not another 20 years of negotiations during which the occupiers keep on building illegal settelments and creating facts for themselves while the original owners of these lands are helpless onlookers. It is time to say ENOUGH! and join hands so that the Palestinians are granted their freedom and rights like all other peoples in the region. They have a right to travel, education, families, health care, food, jobs etc. etc. and also the right to decide who is going to represent them in fain elections. Why doesnt anybody ask who gave the Govt. of Israel the right to kill and terrorize Palestinians at will, boms UN schools, hospitals. The simple presumption that there may be so-called terrorists hiding there is no excuse to go out and bomb and kill innocent women, children and others.The Govt. of Egypt should without delay open the Rafah crossing so that aid, medical care and building materials can flow freely. That is the minimum. As far as Hamas is concerned allow the people of Gaza to decide on that.

        • Hate MB

          Shut up!!!
          EGYPT has sent over 500 tons of aid Food and medical care to Gaza..
          So Shut the Fuck up!!
          I’m sick of people accusing EGYPT of Everything. As if Gaza is our responsibility!!!

          • Sarfaraz A.

            Shame on you – you are sick, as if you have consumed all efforts for Palestinians. They are firstly Muslims (unless you are anti-Muslim freak). and secondly they are humans and thirdly a neighbors next-door.

        • Reda Sobky

          I think what Egypt wants is for the Hamas toxic flow of violence and hate towards Egypt to cease and when this is accomplished by whatever means possible things will return to normal. The primary obligation of any government is the security of its people and borders and that is why Hamas has to go, I don’t think anybody in Egypt has any doubt about Hamas having to go, just like the brotherhood, the gig is up whatever Obama does or says the Egyptian people say, NO and that is that.

        • reda sobky

          Egypt is in a war of survival and her enemies are lined up to help dismantle its government and society. Hamas is a player in that game and has been virulent in its hatred and harm. What is Egypt to do? Coddle them while they kill you because, poor guys they are suffering? No, the first obligation is to defend one’s own home otherwise one becomes like them homeless and Egyptians intend to defend their home under any and all circumstances. This generation is the custodian of Egypt for just this short time and what they lose on their watch is the gauge of their legacy, so whatever the cost all the past martyrs are watching and Egypt will not be betrayed while patriots here and now are vigilant. If Hamas is working overtly and covertly against the Egyptian cause and harming and killing Egyptians, what do you think Egypt can do?

      • Hate MB

        Shut up!!!
        EGYPT has sent over 500 tons of aid Food and medical care to Gaza..
        So Shut the Fuck up!!
        I’m sick of people accusing EGYPT of Everything. As if Gaza is our responsibility!!!

        • omega pal

          you are irrelevant

          • Hate MB

            Really!!
            You are one of those I really Hate. Mr MB/Hamas lover..
            Just reading your posts makes me puke!!

          • Sarfaraz A.

            And reading you makes us puke from mouth and bottom. A typical anti-Muslim freak. You do not show any sign of either fairly criticizing Israel or mass-murderer Sisi. Which means you are pure troll

        • Dude

          Okay man, take it easy

      • Hate MB

        Sorry Reda!!!! This was ment to Ulrich Stegner!!.

      • omega pal

        Your first paragraph is what about Gaza and you are right.
        Another bloodshed we just witness is a consequence of failure of negotiation between Abass and natayahou. But bear in mind that Palestine is under occupation.Any one will use any means to fight occupation and for self determination. It was what has ended colonization in majority in Africa countries. eg Algeria and France.

  • Bergliot Rolsdorph

    So much hate and vulgarity in language just show how low tha standard have become so far..
    Its NOT about focusing on the details of reality here,but taking sides..
    There are rights and wrongs on both sides in lives,some grey eras as well..

    • Hate MB

      When you hear how people want your country to be destroyed and create chaos. Then you have difficulty controlling your anger…
      This has nothing to do With standard!

      • Sarfaraz A.

        Says a silly person whose username reads it all.

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