Egypt Watch

Hamas lashes out at Egypt with threats of escalation against Israel

Hamas has lashed out at the Egyptian authorities and expressed dissatisfaction with their reluctance to implement what was pledged for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and facilitating the movement of Palestinians through the Rafah border crossing. None of Egypt’s promises have been implemented related to the actual initiation of the reconstruction or to ease their movement.

Al Jazeera quoted from sources in Hamas that the movement is considering options for an escalation with Israel considering the continued siege of Gaza, the delay in rehabilitating the strip and the worsening of the humanitarian crisis.

The resources mentioned that the continuity of Israeli assaults against Al-Aqsa Mosque, the confiscation of land and the tightening of measures against prisoners is just a detonator that will blow up at any moment. They also confirmed that Hamas will not allow the current situation to continue. In the same context, the Israeli 12 Channel announced that Yair Lapid, the Israeli Foreign Minister, was set to visit Cairo this week and is planning to make a gesture in honour of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi by returning smuggled Egyptian antiquities. Neither Tel Aviv nor Cairo has officially confirmed Lapid’s visit until now.

Anadolu Agency quoted the Israeli channel saying that Lapid will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shokry and other senior officials. The agency confirmed that the purpose of the visit is to discuss the Palestinian conflict and the conditions of the Gaza Strip, focusing on the prisoners and lost Israeli individuals. Sisi met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm El-Sheikh in September which was the first visit of an Israeli prime minister to Egypt in 10 years.