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  •  Morsi? Egypt is totally allied with Hamas (0+ / 0-)

    due to past history. Hamas' public statements over the past few days have largely come from Cairo.

    And yet Egypt also has economic ties with the U.S. plus a border truce with Israel that is in their interest to maintain.

    Hamas losing support from Egypt would be a huge blow. Egypt is the one nation who has connections with all three players here: Hamas and thus Gaza and Palestine, Israel, and the U.S.

    •  I don't think Egypt (0+ / 0-)

      was ever "totally allied with Hamas", at least to the extent that, as you say, economic interests would come first.  

      That was certainly true under Mubarek and is probably true as well under Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

      I wonder as well, if the present cease-fire breaks down at some point, the Egyptian population might well feel more empowered to press the present government than they did under Mubarek.

      •  You know that Hamas' origins were in the (0+ / 0-)

        Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which is Morsi's Party, right? That's a very binding history. That's why Morsi has been the right person to pressure Hamas, and why people have said "no one else can do that."

        They may have a more strained relationship now, but the Hamas spokesman has been in Cairo speaking from there.

        The history is deep from what I understand, although it started in the 1980's, so my understanding here is academic more than anything that I remember personally. Maybe someone else has more insight into this.

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