- Created: Thursday, 02 November 2017 16:24
- Written by Louis Brehony
Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli Egyptian blockade on 30 January 2017
Negotiations have taken place in Cairo over the summer between Hamas representatives and Al Sisi’s government – and separately between Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) and Egypt. Hamas has been opposed by an Egyptian regime which has increased security collaboration with the Israeli military. Despite widespread protest, the PA has also continued its collusion with the Israeli occupation. With Israel emboldened by Trump’s gestures of support, the pressure on Hamas has been augmented by its regional isolation, deserted by former allies Turkey and Qatar. Egypt has been key to tightening a blockade which has meant that the Rafah border has been opened for fewer than seven, non-consecutive, days over the last eight months. Aside from a very small group of pilgrims going to Umra at the end of August and a couple of tanker loads of Egyptian oil, Hamas spokesmen have been among the few people to leave or enter Gaza since March this year.