Israel Concerned Over Opening of Rafah Crossing
|Sunday, May 1,2011 17:32|
Israel is becoming increasingly concerned over Egypt 's decision to open the Rafah border crossing.
Egypt has announced its plans to permanently open the crossing sometime in the next 10 days. Israel fears Egypt 's strengthening relationship with Hamas as Egyptian's are less inclined to support the peace treaty with Israel .
Even when the Egyptian government was actively preventing weapons from being smuggled into Gaza Strip, Hamas was still capable of building a significant military force. The beleaguered Gaza Strip is in dire need of food, medicine and fuel, however, Israel is concerned about the possibility that Hamas would build a stronger military force.
The crossing has been officially closed since 2007. At that time Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip, and since then Egypt has allowed it to open from time to time for Palestinians to travel in and out of Gaza .
Egypt is preparing to open the crossing in a bid to ease the blockade and suffering of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Since 2007, more than 1.5 million people in the Strip have been living under an Israeli siege.
In the meantime, Palestinian factions have struck a deal to make a unity government after negotiations were held recently in Cairo . This is a significant achievement since Hamas and Fatah have been at odds since the former won the Palestinian parliamentary elections in January 2006.
When Mubarak's regime was in power, Egypt actively supported Israel 's blockade and worked to prevent smuggling. However, when Mubarak was ousted earlier this year after mass street protests, the new military regime has been keen to review its policy on Gaza .