Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Now Egypt is sick of Hamas’ tunnels of terror

Israel launched an operation to stop rocket attacks, and to destroy the tunnels that Hamas was building under the border in order to attack Israel.

Now Egypt is moving against Hamas tunnels…and they aren’t anything like Israel.

Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind.

Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula ? they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters — and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and international public relations campaign Hamas mounted against Israel in August, the terrorist group that governs Gaza appears to not be seeking a head-on fight with Cairo.

?I don?t think that Hamas is looking for a confrontation with Egypt,? Zvi Mazel, Israel?s ambassador to Egypt from 1996?2001, told FoxNews.com. ?They don?t want to put more oil on the fire. After all, Hamas stems from the Muslim Brotherhood — and the presence of the Brotherhood is nowhere in the fight now — so Hamas doesn?t want to speak too loud.?? Read more »

No support, Hamas is thrown under the bus by Arab neighbours

Seems Israel isn’t the only one tired of radical Islamists, as Arab nations normally opposing to the on again, off again conflict turned a blind eye to Israel pummeling the extremists launching rockets at Israel. Egypt’s own military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood and began a crackdown on the organisation hostile to Zionism in 2013:

CAIRO ? Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.

Not this time.

After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states ? including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ? that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.

?The Arab states? loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,? the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents.

?I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas,? he said. ?The silence is deafening.? Read more »

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