By Nicola Nasser**
Gaza will remain a matter of national security for Egypt.
And regardless of who is in charge in Gaza, Egypt will also remain a strategic asset for Gaza, a lifeline for its
people, and a mainstay of its peace and stability.
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are the irreversible facts of the ties between Egypt
and Gaza. In
other words, when Egypt
catches a cold.
some people are trying to drive a wedge between Gaza
but they will fail. Even at the lowest point of relations between Gaza and the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak, few
challenged the fact that Gaza and Egypt
care for one another.
we hear analysts in the West Bank and Israel
predicting the end of Hamas rule in Gaza, just
because the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted from power in Egypt.
Ousted Egyptian President Mursi and Hamas chief Mishaal by Ynet image
those, I wish to say that Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood never hid their
ties, were proud of their connections, and made no secret of their cooperation.
But the political adversaries of both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt
would have us believe that anything that befalls the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will befall Hamas in Gaza, which is a massive exaggeration.
is true that the recent events in Egypt
have put an end to the high hopes Hamas had of strategic cooperation between Gaza and Egypt.
It is also true that the image of Hamas as a resistance movement has been
shaken. But let's not believe everything the political adversaries of Hamas
say. Let's not believe their lies, for their only aim is to undermine the
has to be said, however, that Hamas was optimistic about the Arab Spring and
was pleased to see like-minded governments take over in some Arab countries. It
is also true that Hamas, perhaps too hastily, assumed that an alliance with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and its backers in Qatar would make up for the loss of its allies
in Syria and Iran. Still, we
must not forget that Hamas is a resistance movement first and foremost. Its
connections with the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt don't change this fact.
in by the Israelis, Hamas was always hoping for Egypt to come to its rescue. But
even during Mohamed Morsi's presidency, relations between Egypt and Hamas
were not free from tensions and differences. Hamas also had problems with Qatar's
view of the Arab peace plan.
the adversaries of Hamas would have us think that just as Egyptians brought
down the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinians in Gaza should expel Hamas from government. It
is quite telling that Mahmoud Abbas was one of the first Arab presidents to
congratulate the Egyptian army on appointing Adli Mansour as president.
Hamas stands accused of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs. This
accusation was made when Morsi was in power and after he was removed from
power. Hamas denied time and again that it interfered in Egypt or in any
other Arab countries. And the Palestinian ambassador to Cairo, Barakat Al-Farra, said that no such
accusation was ever made by Egyptian officials.
who make such allegations not only harm the Palestinians, but also may cause
lasting damage to ties between Gaza and Egypt.
recently heard someone claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood's fall from grace
will weaken Hamas to the point that makes it more amenable to Palestinian
reconciliation. This is nonsense. For one thing, the Palestinian schism
predates the Muslim Brotherhood's accession to power in Egypt, and it
has nothing to do with Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood ties. In fact, the real reason
for the delay in reconciliation is that Mahmoud Abbas is still hoping that US Secretary of State John Kerry will succeed in
restarting peace talks with Israel.
the Palestinian presidency continues to oppose any acts of resistance in which
Hamas and other Palestinian factions living in Gaza choose to engage.
the Palestinians in Egypt's
currently divisive scene is neither to the benefit of Palestinians nor
Egyptians. But it is good news for Israel.
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