The new military regime said it would begin operating the Rafah border
terminal with the Gaza Strip on a permanent basis. Officials said the new
arrangement would begin on May 28 and enable Palestinians to cross the
border every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. except for Fridays and holidays.
"Palestinian women of all ages will be exempted from visas as will men
under 18 or over 40," Egypt's state-owned Middle East News Agency said.
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MENA said Palestinians would require passports to cross the Rafah
terminal. Both Jordan and the
Palestinian Authority have provided passports to Palestinians from the West
Bank and Gaza Strip.
This marked the first time since 2007 that Egypt would maintain
permanent operations at Rafah. Until the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak
in February, Egypt had kept Rafah closed except for special occasions.
Over the last two months, however, Rafah was opened five days a week.
Israel said Rafah's expanded operations were accompanied by a sharp rise in
Palestinian weapons and other smuggling from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to the
The Rafah opening was said to mark improved relations between the Hamas
regime in the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Hamas has long insisted on open borders
with Egypt as part of a reconciliation agreement with the rival Palestinian
"This reflects the deep relations between us and Egypt and will
contribute to easing the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip," Hamas
Foreign Minister Mohammed Awad said.
U.S. ultimatum to Egypt: Either immediately allow U.S. and international inspectors at Rafah to prevent arms smuggling plus have Egyptian army aggressively shut down weapons smuggling tunnels, or U.S. immediately ends all $2 billion annual aid to Egypt. Does Hillary have the cajones to present such an ultimatum? Would Obama have the will to follow through?
8:29 p.m. / Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The new result of the open border is going to be dead Arabs and dead Jews. Hamas will now rearm. With those weopons Hamas will launch terror attacks. The IDF will be forced to defend her