by Gamal A. G. Soltan
No more ad hoc arrangements. This is the message
The Egyptian move marks the end of an era in
Developments in the ensuing years, however, have rendered
The past two years have witnessed complex maneuvers between
The Egyptian strategy reached deadlock when Hamas defied
For the past year,
The months-long negotiations, however, did not produce any positive results. Even though various parties shared responsibility for their failure, it was Hamas that was most reluctant to demonstrate the needed flexibility.
Thus the failure of national reconciliation talks in
The new policy is a way to make Hamas realize the hard realities of power and geography. Hamas reacted to it with a mixture of reluctance and cooperative gestures. A short-lived period of intensified tension on the
The tight new controls on the Egypt-Gaza border should redirect Hamas toward paying more attention to the Strip's border with
Driving Hamas into a corner could force the radical Islamic organization into either moderation or new adventures. Plan C will be badly needed should Hamas opt for the latter.
Gamal A. G. Soltan is the director of
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