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What Egypt wants in Gaza »Mosaic

The recent outbreak between Israel and Gaza has served as a lifeline for Egypt by revitalizing its role in regional politics. After months of ignorance by the White House, President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi received two phone calls from President Joe Biden in less than a week to express US support for efforts to negotiate a ceasefire. Eager to show its relevance, Cairo was the first government to announce that it would donate to the reconstruction of Gaza ($ 500 million, no less); after the fighting ended, he also sent high-level security delegations to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and sent aid shipments and construction crews to begin rebuilding the strip. The desire for relevance is key to understanding Egypt’s long-term interests in Gaza, but before exploring those interests further, some context is first needed.

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