Egypt Wants Hamas to Cut Ties with ISIS in Sinai

(Ynet News) Alex Fishman - Cairo is hosting negotiations to renew the reconciliation process between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. This is exactly what the reconciliation talks between Hamas and the PA in 2011 and 2014 looked like. Statements were made and gloriously-worded agreements were written. Then, like today, Hamas wasn't interested in a reconciliation under the PA's conditions, and vice versa. Hamas' goal in the latest talks is practical: To renew the economic aid from the PA. Meanwhile, Egypt isn't opening the Rafah crossing because it doesn't believe Hamas will cut its ties with the Islamic State in Sinai. The Egyptians not only want Hamas to close the tunnels to Sinai completely, they are also demanding real cooperation in turning in ISIS fighters from Gaza. Last week, 16 Egyptian policemen were murdered in Sinai and the fuel supply from Egypt to Gaza was stopped for three days.

2017-09-25 00:00:00

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