Khaled Abu Toameh reports at the Gatestone Institute:
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s uncompromising war on terrorism, especially along the border with the Gaza Strip, seems to be bearing fruit. It is a war that is being waged away from the spotlight and with almost no reaction from the international community.
This situation is a perfect example of how the international community and the United Nations do not care about the “plight” of the Palestinians as long as Israel is not involved. Sisi’s war on terrorism has thus far failed to spark the same uproar, if any, that is often triggered by Israeli military operations against Hamas and its smuggling tunnels.
As a result of this war — which began in 2013, shortly after Sisi came to power, with the destruction of hundreds of smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip — Hamas and other armed groups are now more isolated than ever.
But it is not only the isolation that worries Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip.
Rather, it is that Egypt’s tough security measures –which include the destruction of more than 1700 tunnels and the creation of a security zone along its border with the Gaza Strip — have brought the smuggling of weapons to a near halt.
You will note the point that the international community couldn’t care less what Sisi is doing, because it cannot blame Israel! This is not to say any international concern or criticism would be valid; the Egyptian leader is fighting terrorism, and is surely entitled to do what is necessary – and not what is politically correct – to protect his people.
And the author’s conclusion is an interesting – and hopeful – one:
That the Gaza Strip is facing a weapons shortage is good news not only for Israel and Egypt, but also for the Palestinians living there.
It is hard to see how Hamas will rush into another military confrontation with Israel — where Palestinians would once again pay a heavy price — at a time when Sisi’s army is working around the clock to destroy smuggling tunnels, and the prices of rifles and bullets in the Gaza Strip are skyrocketing.
On the other side of the coin, however, that situation may explain in part the recent IS terrorism aimed at Egypt. (See here, for example.)
Do read all of Khaled Abu Toameh’s piece, here.