by Shlomo Brom
In the course of recent weeks, the relationship between
Ever since Hamas took over
The close relationship that has developed between Hamas and
These recent developments prompted a change in the way
The first expression of this newly assertive policy is tough counter-smuggling measures.
The other steps include sanctions against Hamas in the form of strong restrictions on movement through the Rafah crossing and on the presence in
Hamas has raised the level of its anti-Egyptian rhetoric but faces a dilemma. Its leaders fully understand just how dependent they are on
In parallel, there is some concern in
The main risk is that a weakened Hamas that feels under pressure from all sides will resort to violence as the only option left. Recent exchanges of fire with
Finally, it remains to be seen how persistent the Egyptians can be with their new policies – especially when the Arab-Israel peace process is frozen and
Shlomo Brom is a retired Israeli brigadier general and a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv.
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