Egypt’s new ruler, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, may not realize that the bond between Egypt, Palestine and especially Gaza is beyond historic, and simply cannot be severed with border restrictions, although they have caused immense suffering for many Palestinians.
Israel and Palestine
Not a single Palestinian in Gaza is without a personal frame of reference regarding Egypt, and more often than not it is a positive one.Ramzy Baroud
But what makes the tightening of the Israeli siege, imposed in earnest since 2007, particularly painful is that it comes through Egypt, a country that Palestinians have always seen as the “mother” of all Arab nations. Before the signing of the Camp David agreement in 1978-79 it served as the champion of just causes, especially that of Palestine. To see Gaza mothers pleading at the Rafah border for the sake of their dying children, and thousands crammed into tiny spaces with the hope of being allowed into their universities, work places and hospitals is a sight that older generations could never have imagined. For Israel’s security to become a paramount concern for the Egyptian Arab Army, and besieged Palestinians targeted as the enemy under drummed up media and official accusations, is most disheartening and bewildering.