Top Defense Ministry official: Egypt sees Hamas as 'national enemy'

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    Senior Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad said on Tuesday that Egypt views Hamas as a national enemy and a threat to its regime, and is now more willing than ever to fight against the ongoing smuggling of arms into the Gaza Strip.

    "Egypt demonstrated extreme tolerance toward the Israel Defense Forces' activities [in Gaza]," said Gilad, who is Israel's top negotiating official on matters with Egypt. "Even today, Egypt is being very strict on Hamas and is not prepared to give the group anything - [including] the opening of the Rafah border crossing.

    Gilad said that Egypt's determination against smuggling was unprecedented, saying even the international community has never demonstrated such willingness to curb the illegal flow of arms.
    Gilad said it remained to be seen whether these intentions would pan out, but he was optimistic that Israel and Egypt were on the same page regarding the smuggling threats..

    "All of the understandings that Israel has forged with Egypt following the operation have a created a good basis," he said. "We will act directly with Egypt and make use of international forces."

    "An attack like the one today will bring a response from Israel much larger than just closing border crossings and Hamas knows that. It is not in its interest to attack Israel.

    Top Defense Ministry official: Egypt sees Hamas as 'national enemy' - Haaretz - Israel News
     
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    They're not doing this because they like Israel. They're not doing this because they think Israel is cool and Egypt is down with Jews (the level of oppression of Coptic Christians in Egypt is well documented). They're doing this for one reason and one reason only:

    Money.

    They realize that if they cooperate with Israel/the US, they will get money. Whether it's cash, it's reduced cost of US exports to Egypt, it's military equipment and supplies... whatever it is, it's all because of money. It was the same way back 30-40 years ago when Egypt was involved with the Soviet Union. Now that Egypt has the US as its trading partner and not the USSR, things are looking brighter for Egypt.
     
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    Finally some thing I agree with you about DavidS

    The leaders of Egypt are all about money.

    Stop the cash flow and they would side with Hamas against Israel.

    The average Egyptian still hates Israel and backs the Freedom Fighters.
     
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    No doubt Egypt is influenced by the US and the EU to cooperate with Israel, but I believe a larger reason is that Hamas' actions in Gaza puts Egypt in the position of having to defend itself against criticism from the Arab street in Egypt as well as elsewhere and of guarding against the Islamist influence of Hamas strengthening the same kind of movement inside of Egypt. If Hamas can be neutralized, these problems go away.
     
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    Actually, if you stopped the cash flow, Egypt would completely dissinegrate and turn into a third world country where their most basic needs wouldn't be met... much like Gaza. Egypt doesn't want that for its people, so in order for Egypt to survive, it must make peace with the West and Israel.
     
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    The only way Hamas can be neutralized is for them to be wiped out completely.

    How would the world react to a combined military force from Jordan, the West Bank, Egypt and Israel to take out Hamas once and for all? I think Assad would piss in his pants. Arabs and Jews, combined together, once again, to save Israel from a tyranical military regieme. Ah, just like the Crusades!
     
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    I don't think it's about money. At least not only about money. I think that Hamas and other radical groups try to destabilize moderate regimes. Egypt has it's own fundie problems and it doesn't need Hamas terrorists smuggling weapons in and out all the while having their own people

    Didn't you notice that Egypt and Jordan were uncharacteristically supportive of Israel during the Hamas operation? They hate Hamas, too and don't want them in their country either. It's in their own best interests for Hamas to go the way of the dinosaur.
     
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    Ah, yes, good times! Imo, Hamas can be neutralized by cutting off all smuggling and making sure no foreign aid gets to Hamas so that all aid comes through NGO's. This would weaken Hamas' support sufficiently that they would have to hold on to power by exercising brutal force that would cost them whatever support they still had in the Arab/Muslim world. It wouldn't be quick and it wouldn't be clean, but over time I think it might work.
     
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    Egypt and Jordan have dictators that rule the country and both recieve large amounts of cash from the U.S.

    The people hate these anti-Islamic governments that brutally rule these countries.

    Someday the people will overthrow these turncoat traitorous dictators.

    And turn once again to the real enemy. The evil IsraHell and the fascist ZioNazis
     

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