In addition to offering the only attempt on the floor – the Egyptian Initiative – to stop Palestinian bloodletting and to bring the ongoing Palestinian suffering to an end, Egypt continues to provide material assistance to the people of Gaza. To the “few” who complain about Egyptian support to Palestinians in Gaza during the current Israeli assault, I say: read what Reuters (United Kingdom) reported today:
Excerpt: “Egypt has added an extra seven megawatts to the 27 it feeds into Gaza and plans to increase that by 15 megawatts more in an effort to alleviate the electricity crisis.”
More… “Egypt has allowed 2,800 tonnes of medicine and medical items, 800 tonnes of food, 10 ambulances and 49 tonnes of dates through the Rafah crossing on the Egypt- Gaza border.”
More… “3,100 patients and 1,200 Palestinians with foreign passports as well as 2,000 Egyptians and Palestinian holders of Egyptian passports were allowed into Egypt through the crossing.”
Egyptian officials consider this assistance to be Egypt’s duty, and as such, they do not talk much about performing their duty. Most of them, I believe, wish to offer much more assistance, but they are limited by security considerations, economic limitations, and logistical difficulties, etc. The lack of media coverage of Egyptian assistance leaves the field wide open to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood to spread their lies and vulgar attacks on Egypt and her leaders.
Egypt continues to work closely with the Palestinian leadership, including the unified Palestinian National Unity Government, and coordinates all of her moves with the Palestinian leadership. However, the Egyptian government needs to significantly improve government communication structure in order to control the message that resonates with the public. The “No Thanks for Doing One’s Duty” principle is honourable but is not sufficient. People need to know, and government must communicate with the public so that Egyptians know what their government is doing, especially under exceptional circumstances.
While I believe that Egypt can, and will, provide more assistance to the Palestinian people, in more ways than one, I wonder… What did the Ikhwaan (i.e. Muslim Brotherhood) offer Palestinians in Gaza? We all know the answer. In addition to many fiery speeches, lots and lots of words, thousands upon thousands of Facebook posts, tens of thousands of twitter entries, the Ikhwaan provided A VERY BIG NOTHING.
Thank you, Egypt… We (The Palestinians, especially in Gaza) love you too!
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