Friend and Ally Update by Rebecca Anna Stoil in the Jerusalem Post:
Thirty years after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Israel, Public Security Minister Avi Dichter accused Egypt on Sunday of knowingly permitting smuggling that strengthens Hamas. He called on the Quartet to intervene and force Egypt to stop the steady stream of men and materiel through the porous Rafah border.
“Egypt understands the situation and they know that the continuation of smuggling is strengthening Hamas and weakening the PA,” Dichter said in a phone interview. “After Oslo and especially after the intifada, when smuggling started to be the trend, everybody thought that Egypt was going to play its role”¦.but Egypt is doing practically nothing,” he complained.