Source: Arab Center Washington DC
Author(s): Khalil al-Anani
On May 21, 2021, a cease-fire agreement was reached between Israel and Hamas after an 11-day military confrontation. Egypt played a vital role in securing the cease-fire, after intensive talks and negotiations leveraged with regional and international stakeholders, one that will yield certain political gains for Cairo. Egypt’s mediation bolsters the country’s regional standing, restores its influence on the Palestinian issue, and, most importantly, improves the relationship between Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and the Biden Administration. It is noteworthy that these geopolitical advances will be achieved despite Egypt’s continuing human rights violations and poor democratic record.
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