by Scott Creighton
When is a ceasefire deal not really a ceasefire deal?
“We did not receive any official draft of this Egyptian proposal,” Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior Hamas official in Gaza.
Back in 2012 during Operation Pillar of Defense, the elected government of Egypt headed by Morsi, brokered a ceasefire agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis which brought a legitimate end to Israel’s illegitimate attack.
It pissed off the Israelis and the White House but they had no options. Israel was being condemned openly by the rest of the world for their brutal attacks on civilian targets and the ceasefire deal backed them further into a corner.
“Morsi did something seemingly undoable: He condemned the Israeli military action and supported the Palestinian people,” Shehata says, “and at the same time was actively involved and seen as the most likely broker for a truce.”
Although Hamas is the ruler of the Palestinian Gaza Strip, in the past it was never welcomed at the negotiating table. The United States and Israel won’t speak to Hamas, labeling it a terrorist organization.
But in this new Middle East, where many compliant Western-backed dictators are replaced with Islamist elected leaders, Morsi, Shehata says, became the only feasible mediator. He spoke to world leaders, from Iran, historic backers of Hamas, to the United States. And using his links with Hamas, an offshoot of the regional Muslim Brotherhood, he conveyed messages back and forth — all while taking a line very different from Egypt’s Western ally, the United States: blaming Israel for the aggression. NPR
Morsi used all of his leverage and his popularity among Muslims in the Middle East and was very public about the ceasefire negotiations process. A week into Israel’s attack, they had to agree to the deal and the bombs stopped raining down on Gaza.
Today’s deal is nothing like Morsi’s back in 2012. It’s geopolitical theater designed to give Israel’s brutal assault on civilians a thin veneer of credibility or “international legitimacy” as Mr. Netanyahu said. It’s theater crafted by the spin doctors and marketing gurus who think they cleverly fooling the rest of the world. They aren’t.
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