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Thread: Why is the Rafah Border Crossing between Gaza and Egypt Closed

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    Default Why is the Rafah Border Crossing between Gaza and Egypt Closed

    Why do the Egyptians not open the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. If Gaza is the world's largest prison camp why don't the Egyptians open the door?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happytuesdays View Post
    Why do the Egyptians not open the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. If Gaza is the world's largest prison camp why don't the Egyptians open the door?
    Because they no more want the Gaza problem than the Israelis do.

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    Is this a rhetorical question to express a point or a genuine one? Because if the latter, then presumably because they don't want to be flooded with refugees.

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    Good question.
    In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
    Another question.
    Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth.ie View Post
    Good question.
    In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
    Another question.
    Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?

    That is a very good question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth.ie View Post
    Good question.
    In the past they blamed the "Western puppet" Mubarrek for inaction.
    Another question.
    Why are the Arab States sending arms and fighters to Syria but not to Gaza?
    Jordan and Egypt have peace treaties with Israel, and to do that would be an obvious and provocative violation of those agreements.

    And the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia aren't as hostile to Israel as they used to be and are hoping the IDF does deal with Iran's nuclear programme them as they see Iranian nukes as just as big a threat to them as to Israel.

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    Egypt has opened the RAfah crossong , pretty much permanently since Aug 2012 , probably closed now due to the violence -although it must have been opened to allow the Egyptian PM in .

    Errr Gaza has 1.75 million people , and as someone who endured hours of border crossing with carnets pre EU ( dublin belfast regularly took 5 hours just to get over the border) , i can tell you that the Rafah crossing will never be sufficient to supply Gazas needs ....its just another of the many red herrings thrown out by israel and its supporters
    Is there any Incompetence Scandal or Corruption that would actually make the Irish electorate wake up ....It seems not, so screw em

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    Because, no matter what way supporters of each side like to paint things, there is fault on both sides. Israel may well be war-mongering sabre-rattlers, but there are also some genuine nut-jobs on the loose in Gaza. Egypt doesn't want those nut-jobs in, simple as that.
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    I assume to prevent the flow of arms to Hamas, as well as Egyptian fears of provoking the US and Israel by undermining their blockade/sanctions on Hamas. However talks between Hamas and the new Egyptian govt with a view to loosening the restrictions are apparently underway, and restrictions on passenger-flow - but not goods - have been relaxed somewhat.
    Fair and Balanced

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oriel House View Post
    Guess Hamas isn't as popular with the Arab states as it is with some vocal Irish supporters, all of whom would get a huge shock if they had to live under Hamas.
    As opposed to these guys?
    These folk are even invited on the Late, Late Show and applauded.
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