Veteran Arab affairs correspondent Ehud Ya’ari explains that he believes Hamas is going to do its best to maintain the ceasefire, not because the terror organization is genuinely concerned with halting warfare with Israel, but because it is heavily dependent on Egypt.
Egypt is heavily dependent on US funding, compelling Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to act as he has to pressure Hamas. Like Hamas, Morsi does not share the same feelings towards Israel as his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, with the new Egyptian leader remaining loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood. Nevertheless, this is a case of pragmatism and the Egyptian leader realizes his nation is on the verge of collapse and failure to obtain funding from the US, will lead to fiscal collapse. This is compelling Cairo to play ball and work with the plan towards pushing Hamas to the ceasefire.
Speaking to the press following the Cairo press conference between Morsi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom stated “we must maintain a zero tolerance for any violations”, detailing we mustn’t act as governments in the past, excusing rocket fire by explaining it was another terror organization and not the ruling Hamas affiliated terrorists. “We dare not explain it away this time around”.
Shalom explains if this will be the policy of Israel, then the ceasefire can work and Israel will have avoided a ground forces incursion which would have been costly in many ways.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to address the nation at 20:30 IL.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)