Dear Friends of Israel,
Why doesn’t Egyptian President Mursi help the Hamas organization in Gaza, instead of Israel? This question was asked in a magazine article by an Israeli reporter.
No one could have been any happier about the Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in Egypt than the Hamas organization in Gaza; automatically assuming they would receive full support from the new Egyptian leadership due to their close ideological ties. However, the new Egyptian leadership has turned out to be a bitter disappointment for the Hamas in Gaza, and an unexpected positive surprise for Israel.
It’s not that Mursi is particularly sympathetic toward the Jews; in fact,it’s quite the opposite. At various opportunities in the past, he has expressed his displeasure with the Jews. In spite of that, he has apparently decided that it’s in Egypt’s best interest to be on the side of Israel and the United States when it comes to the fighting in the Gaza strip, even at the cost of his close ideological “Brothers” in Gaza.
Egypt is struggling with enormous internal problems, particularly in its economy. There is a growing displeasure with the restrictions that are inherent in an Islamic regime. Lawlessness is spreading, particularly on the Sinai Peninsula; and to top it all off, the police have gone on strike. The last thing that Mursi needs in this situation is to get pulled into a war with Israel over Gaza by the Hamas organization.
In the end, Egypt has chosen peace with Israel because they recognized that they could never win a war with Israel. Political insiders are convinced that, although Mursi can’t stand the Jews, he isn’t prepared to send Egypt off on a war adventure with the Hamas organization in Gaza against Israel.
Hamas expected the new government in Cairo to lift the blockade through Gaza, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, the noose has tightened around Gaza. That didn’t happen simply because Israel wished for it, but rather because it was in Egypt’s own economic and security interest to do so. Mursi himself ordered that the tunnels beneath the Gaza border be closed or flooded with waste water. The indignant Foreighn Minister for the Hamas organisation in Gaza responded that Mursi was worse than Mubarak, because they would virtually starve if the tunnels were closed.
An Egyptian court declared that the roughly 225 tunnels under the border with Gaza were illegal and threatened the national security, and therefore ordered them to be destroyed. The Egyptian Army also considered the tunnels a security risk. Later, an Egyptian government magazine accused the Hamas organization of being behind the murders of 16 Egyptian border guards, as an act of revenge for the tunnel closures.
The danger that the open and uncontrolled tunnels pose for Egypt isn’t simply the loss of control of the Sinai Peninsula, but also the likelihood that groups sympathetic to Al-Quaeda or Iran could begin to spread there and become active against the Mursi government, which is a bit too liberal for their taste. The developments have all been a severe disappointment to the Hamas organization and were caused by Mohammed Mursi, who they considered a brother, while it has all been an unexpected but good surprise for israel.
It all goes to show once again how political parties, like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, can bluster a great deal when they are the opposition party, but can’t deliver when they come to power themselves, because the sobering facts and everyday political realities force them to act differently than they had loudly asserted in their earlier propaganda.
In the end, it’s certain that God guides all situations and circumstances so that his plans and purposes will be fulfilled, particularly in regard to His people, Israel.