Egypt, Iran and the Current Escalation in the Gaza Strip

Source: Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Author(s): Jacob Nagel

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The current round of conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza did not occur because of a lack of mediation. It occurred in spite of such efforts.

The current rocket barrages began last week when the Egyptians where in a middle of a new effort to find a short-term arrangement to reduce tensions in the Gaza Strip. However, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) didn’t respect their Egyptian host In the middle of negotiations, the group authorized the sniper operation that kicked off the current round of violence.

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