Egypt began closing its breached border with the Gaza Strip on Friday, using barbed wire and water cannons to keep Palestinians from leaving the Hamas-controlled territory in defiance of an Israeli blockade… (Notice that Israel is depicted as the bad guy here, though all they’re doing is trying to defend themselves against Hamas terrorists)
Israel said it had tightened its Gaza blockade last week to counter cross-border rocket fire, but after an international outcry, fuel and aid supplies were partially restored…
The Egyptian government faces a difficult balancing act. It does not want to be seen as aiding Israel in its blockade of Gaza, but it fears the spread of Islamist influences and the effects of becoming home to so many undocumented Palestinians.
Another interesting fact: If you’re Egypt, it’s okay to be concerned about the influx of these Gaza folk. If you’re Israel, however, who is being constantly shot up by Gazans, it causes an international outcry when you close your border to them.
And of course, you wouldn’t want people to think you were aiding Israel–oh, no, never that!
These quotes were excerpts from this article and I thought the pictures were rather interesting, too.
As for me and my house,
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