Egypt to permanently open Rafah crossing with Gaza on Saturday - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News I think this can be in Israel's interest. The problem with disengagement from Gaza has been that Israel never fully disengaged. Gaza is still dependent on Israel for electricity and the borders are monitored. I don't think this is positive for Israel. If Egypt wants to open the border, this is fine. Let Egypt take over responsibility for supplying electricity to Gaza and dealing with Hamas. After all, Egypt governed Gaza before 1967, let them have responsibility for the territory if they want to open the border. Meanwhile, Israel won't have to worry about any humanitarian crisis because the border is open. Everyone wins.