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Why is the Rafah Border Crossing between Gaza and Egypt Closed


happytuesdays

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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?
 

Grumpy Jack

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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?
Because they no more want the Gaza problem than the Israelis do.
 

Little_Korean

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Is this a rhetorical question to express a point or a genuine one? Because if the latter, then presumably because they don't want to be flooded with refugees.
 

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Good question.
In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
Another question.
Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?
 

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Good question.
In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
Another question.
Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?

That is a very good question.
 

Grumpy Jack

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Good question.
In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
Another question.
Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?
Jordan and Egypt have peace treaties with Israel, and to do that would be an obvious and provocative violation of those agreements.

And the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia aren't as hostile to Israel as they used to be and are hoping the IDF does deal with Iran's nuclear programme them as they see Iranian nukes as just as big a threat to them as to Israel.
 

brughahaha

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Egypt has opened the RAfah crossong , pretty much permanently since Aug 2012 , probably closed now due to the violence -although it must have been opened to allow the Egyptian PM in .

Errr Gaza has 1.75 million people , and as someone who endured hours of border crossing with carnets pre EU ( dublin belfast regularly took 5 hours just to get over the border) , i can tell you that the Rafah crossing will never be sufficient to supply Gazas needs ....its just another of the many red herrings thrown out by israel and its supporters
 

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Because, no matter what way supporters of each side like to paint things, there is fault on both sides. Israel may well be war-mongering sabre-rattlers, but there are also some genuine nut-jobs on the loose in Gaza. Egypt doesn't want those nut-jobs in, simple as that.
 

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I assume to prevent the flow of arms to Hamas, as well as Egyptian fears of provoking the US and Israel by undermining their blockade/sanctions on Hamas. However talks between Hamas and the new Egyptian govt with a view to loosening the restrictions are apparently underway, and restrictions on passenger-flow - but not goods - have been relaxed somewhat.
 

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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?
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.

Now Hamas have effectively changed horses, declaring against Assad and apparently replacing Iranian sponsorship with that of the GCC and Egypt. But Hamas are still not Egyptian, and Moursi will not allow a situation to develop where fighting between Hamas and the IDF spills over onto Egyptian soil. That has a already happened on several occasions, thought the fall out was limited and contained.

Egypt is attempting to build bridges to Hamas, but lessening control over the Rafah crossing lessens Egyptian influence on Hamas, and Egypts power in the Arab league. If such a situation did develop, Hamas would be calling the shots, and Egypt paying the bills. It is a tricky situation, but Moursi will not be simply granting Hamas's wish list and allowing events in Gaza to affect his own chances of reelection. If Moursi cannot pinch Rafaf, he cannot control Hamas. And if he does not control Hamas, than Hamas effectively controls him. Rafah is a good fence, and good fences make good neighbours.
 

Little_Korean

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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.
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.

Whe Jordan did it ended up having to expel the Palestinian militants by force.
 

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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?
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.
 
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