Hamas has paid a small prize by joining forces with the Palestinian Authority, in a deal brokered by Egypt’s transitional military council, which until the fall of Hosni Mubarak. It would play down violence. As such, when the Rafeh border with Egypt opens on Saturday 28 May 2011, a mighty plank of Israel’s structure to hem in Gaza on all sides – by sea as by land – will go the way of all flesh. Material and food long denied the people of Gaza by Israel will now flow freely, thereby allowing Palestinians in Gaza with the wherewithal to rebuild a strip of land almost bombed back to the Year Zero by Israel’s blitzkrieg against Hamas and the entire population of Gaza during the 22 days of ‘Cast Lead‘.
Egypt’s military council has done a turnaround for the very high ranking officers who a month or two ago pursued a policy which favoured Israeli designs, let them drown in the Red Sea. And what’s more has delivered a stinging rebuke to its Zionist ally. The council’s decision opens speculation as to the redrawing of agreement with Israel on matters of security and the economy. Already Egypt has reduced the flow of much need national gas to Israel by 40 percent.
Renewed unity and collaboration of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority puts Israel more and more on the defensive and drives it further into a self defined and self imposed isolation which not even the oratory of prime minister ‘Bibi’ Netenyahu nor the flowery speeches of president Obama can dislodge.
The opening of the Egyptian border with Hamas at Rafeh puts a shine on an Egypt eager to regain its central influence in the Arab world, and brings to the fore the plight and rights of the Palestinians who are pushing for a homeland recognised by the UN.