Sunday, May 29, 2011

Experts analyze opening of Rafah crossing - Israel News, Ynetnews

Experts analyze opening of Rafah crossing - Israel News, Ynetnews

Major-General (res.) Giora Eiland believes there are political advantages to opening of Rafah crossing while former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter claims status of Egyptian policy is more important
Boaz Fyler
Published: 05.28.11, 21:37 / Israel News

Security experts and academics are convinced the opening of the Rafah border crossing on Saturday has some positive aspects. Israel must focus on creating international pressure which would force the new regime in Cairo to tighten cooperation with Israel, they say.

"It's actually good for the State of Israel in the long run," says Ido Zelkovitz, an expert on Palestinian society and politics at the Haifa University. "If Egypt opens the crossing, Israel will supposedly no longer be responsible for supplying Gaza's daily needs and Egypt will become the official gateway," he explained.
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