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Egypt's Mursi Has Scarce Room for Action on Gaza

Gaza and Israel have fired hundreds of rockets at each other. More than 100 people, including civilians, are dead, mostly in Gaza. Peace in the Middle East could rest in the hands of Egypt’s ruling Islamists, reports Marwa Awad for Reuters. Egypt’s fledgling government has followed the international community’s lead, generally neglecting the long-simmering Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Outright hostilities have thrust Egypt into negotiations, seeking to develop a pragmatic and immediate ceasefire. President Mohamed Mursi confronts the same challenges as his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, though the former was democratically elected and the latter was a dictator. Sympathies among Egyptians rest with the Palestinians, while the government wants to demonstrate capability for regional leadership to the United States and seek endorsement even though the latter sides with Israel. “[The] realities of office will for now prevail over decision making, even if some Brotherhood sympathizers harbor longer-term dreams of renegotiating a 1979 peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt,” Awad notes. The presidents of Egypt and the US don’t agree on who started the fighting, but do agree that it must stop. – YaleGlobal

Egypt's Mursi Has Scarce Room for Action on Gaza

Egypt's ruling Islamists working for a truce in Gaza to demonstrate regional clout and reassure major donor the United States
Marwa Awad
Reuters, 20 November 2012
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 Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Washington, Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Crispian Balmer in Jerusalem; Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Edmund Blair and Tom Pfeiffer.

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