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Who gains from Gaza crisis?

Palestinian protest (Sakhnin)Egypt is the big winner, for the moment, from the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Despite fierce attacks against it of a magnitude not seen since the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in 1979, it appears that the Egyptian gamble has again paid off: the heads of Hamas in Damascus are scheduled to arrive in Cairo to discuss the situation, in a move that signifies a bowing of the head toward Egypt, the most “stable island” in the camp of moderate Arab nations.

In Europe, the United States and also Israel, it is understood that Egypt is the only source that can fill the role of pipeline of information to Hamas, both in regard to the organization’s head in Egypt and its leaders in the Gaza Strip.

Unlike the Turks, Qataris and Saudis, the Egyptians ? and especially the head of the intelligence service Omar Suleiman – have intimate contact with the Hamas heads. Suleiman has had success with them in the past and can advance the dialogue toward a cease-fire, something Hamas grudgingly acknowledges.

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Source: By Yoav Stern Haaretz/Russia Today

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