The Tundra Tabloids believes however that Egypt would like nothing better than to see the Hamas badly weakened, if not thoroughly taken apart, but issues these statements of warnings to present a unified Arab front.
While Hosni Mubarak warns of excessive use of force, it quietly hopes Israel uses every bit of its force in dismantling “Hamastan”, thereby ridding both states of a major headache.
But don’t be fooled, it’s not that the Egyptians disagree with Hamas’ goals, even though there is a cold peace between Israel and Egypt, the latter hates the former as much as the Hamas, but knows that Israel is not going anywhere any time soon. The Egyptian regime also recognizes that the ‘chest thumping’ Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza (Hamas) is by default, an existential threat to Mubarak’s regime and would not lose a minute of sleep over its demise, no matter how much their opinions dovetail concerning Israel.
J’lem Post: “Egypt warned Israel on Sunday against launching a massive military operation in Gaza, but Israeli defense officials said Cairo was angry with Hamas leaders for ending the six-month period of relative calm.
“Egypt is very upset at Hamas, and understands that the leadership there needs to be replaced,” one official told The Jerusalem Post. Officially, though, the Egyptians cautioned Israel against an escalation of violence.
“We say such a move would have devastating consequences, devastating humanitarian consequences,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki told the Post in a telephone interview. “This is something we cannot accept or condone under any terms.”