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The Gaza Breakout and Its Aftermath

What could be Gaza's future in the two-state solution that Israel wants to impose on the Palestinians?

When militant elements f rom Hamas, t he Palestinian resistance movement, began tearing apart a wall that kept the 1.5 million people of Gaza confined in a narrow space – prey to periodic armed incursions and air-strikes from Israel and unable to cross into Egypt’s Sinai region – president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt had a choice to make.

Egypt held its fire. Mubarak was impelled perhaps by compassion for a people who have suffered a brutal blockade since Israel’s “unilateral withdrawal” in August 2005. Equally, he may have been anxious about the possibility of an adverse reaction within his own country, especially from truculent elements of the Muslim Brotherhood. And as Egyptian forces stood down, waves of desperate Palestinians made their way through the breached border to buy the essentials that Israel denies them.

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