Ambassador Martin Indyk on Egypt Opening Gaza's Border

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In a major departure from the policy of the Mubarak regime, Egypt's official news agency has announced that, as of Saturday, May 28, 2011, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza will be permanently opened. The border's periodic openings and closings over the decades have reflected tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories — and an agreement between Israel and the Mubarak regime.

Ambassador Martin Indyk, former United States Ambassador to Israel and director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, joins the show to discuss developments in the Sinai peninsula.

Guests:

Martin Indyk

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

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It seems the same tragic history is repeating itself once again.
Will Hamas, like Fatah 20 years ago have millions of dollars, Euros and Shekels thrown at it which will not buy peace. Will it buy a brief and slight conciliatory tone in English while the tone grows more hostile in Arabic and the Hamas arsenal and personal wealth expands? Will the credulous West thank them profusely for their "moderation" as its makes greater demands on Israel?
As in 1956 and 1967, will the new Egyptian government try to deny Israeli shipping via its waterways as more weapons are traced passing through the Rafah crossing and the Suez? It is worth remembering the reason the Egyptian military is held in such high regard is due to their 1973 "victory" over Israel which a new government may want to test again as tensions rise. Egypt was just granted one billion in debt forgiveness by Obama and its annual US aid stream remains steady. Will a new Egyptian government try the old trick of distracting from domestic failures by focusing on Israel with the heroic modern military as their champion?

May. 26 2011 09:19 AM

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