- Dec 7, 2010
Why do the Egyptians not open the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. If Gaza is the world's largest prison camp why don't the Egyptians open the door?
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Jordan and Egypt have peace treaties with Israel, and to do that would be an obvious and provocative violation of those agreements.Good question.
In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?
As opposed to these guys?Guess Hamas isn't as popular with the Arab states as it is with some vocal Irish supporters, all of whom would get a huge shock if they had to live under Hamas.
Because under its peace agreement with Isreal, Egypt has to keep the Sinai demilitarised. In the security vacum created there, and the Mubarrack administrations supervision of the ceasefire, Irans smuggling networks and radical Islamists controlled large swathes of the Sinai and linked up with Hamas. Egypts first duty is to Egyptian citizens, and still is. There is no obligation and never was, on Egypt to put Hamas first, especially when Hamas were sponsored so heavily by Tehran.
A number of these people, however, would be Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other militants, possibly interested in using Egypt as a base. Just because Egyptians symphasise with the Palestinians doesn't mean they want to import their problems.But the refugees are their own people. Egypt has a population of 82 million and could easily absorb say 500,000 culturally identical refugees from Gaza.
Also if they open the border (even if to approved hauliers) they could allow food and medical supplies in.
Because Sinai is in disarray and the Egyptians have lost control over swathes of it. Opening Rafah would make it worse. Gaza would become like Dodge City crossed with the Branch Dravidians.