Well, so much for the conspiracy theory that the Arab Spring is one big western-enabled plot to set the Islamist hounds upon Israel.
This week, Egypt’s government — now led by a Muslim Brotherhood president, no less — closed its border with Gaza, including the smuggling tunnels that Israel has been trying to shut down for seven years. Best of all, from Israel’s perspective, the move to isolate the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave is entirely an Egyptian initiative: So we will not hear tiresome bleating from the Boat-to-Gaza types, who complain that the Hamas statelet’s isolation is a Zionist crime against humanity.
Of course, Egypt’s move is hardly motivated by a desire for improved neighbourly relations with Israel. (Indeed, the tenor of recent domestic political debates inside Egypt suggests that Israel is, for the first time in generations, just about the last thing on most Egyptians’ minds.) Rather, it is the result of a spectacular terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 16 Egyptian border guards in northeastern Sinai on Sunday.