Posted by: Lister | January 27, 2008

Hamas invited to talks with Egypt

From the BBC:

Egypt has asked the Palestinian group Hamas to attend talks “promptly” on the crisis at Gaza’s breached border.

[…] An attempt by Egyptian riot police to reseal the border on Saturday collapsed when Hamas fighters responded to water cannon and electric batons with gunfire.

[…] Egypt has been reluctant to talk to Hamas since June when the Islamist group seized control of Gaza, ousting the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas, the BBC’s Heba Saleh reports from Cairo.

But now Cairo finds that there is no alternative to discussions with Hamas if it is to restore its control over the border, our Middle East analyst says.

“There will be an invitation to several Hamas leaders to come to Cairo promptly,” said Foreign Minister Ahmad Ali Abu-al-Ghayt.

The alternative to talks with Hamas is war with the Palestinians. And Egypt cannot afford that. Mubarak would not be likely to stay in power if he tried it.

I wonder how much of their pocket money Uncle Sam will withhold?

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