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Egypt's crucial role is not just determined by geography

Feras Abu-HelalThe Palestinians' refusal to accept the ceasefire initiative based on terms set by Israel is probably the first time that they have said no to Egyptian officials. Although all of the factions except Fatah rejected the proposal, its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, demanded that all of the resistance groups' demands should be met. His insistence is not in line with the policies of Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

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A Zionist Egypt has emerged under Al-Sisi

It was once the heart of the Arab world, playing a central role in Middle Eastern politics. The largest Arab country, populated by 86 million people, and with a record of being at the forefront in playing the role of mediator in conflicts within the region, particularly those relating to Palestine. In Egypt today, there is little of the traditional Arab solidarity towards Palestinians to be found; there is, though, the emergence of anti-Hamas, anti-Palestinian sentiments among Egyptians.

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Sorry Gaza, Egypt is besieged at the moment

Mahmoud SadeeqThe events happening today are what the Zionists wanted out of the 3 July military coup in Egypt. They understood the coup early on when they made an effort to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi's government when he surprised them by dealing direct blows during their 2012 war on Gaza. The current period is when Israel will test its new strategic treasure in Cairo and reap the rewards of their plan; it will also test how much control it has over neighbouring governments after the coup against the elected president, by seeing how strong its contacts are in the new government.

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Is the Arab Spring still on course?

Abderrahim ChalfaouatThe military coup in Egypt and the lengthy revolt in Syria have blurred the once steady progression of the Arab Spring. Consequently, commentators and researchers alike have shifted to describing the events as the "Arab Autumn" or the "Arab Winter", indicating the Spring's demise and awful, cold outcomes. These descriptions were triggered by the initial rise of Islamist parties to power and subsequent problematic political scenarios as new governments tried to save ailing economies, solve social problems and face counter-revolutions.

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Conflict over religion and state in Egypt

Egyptian security froces storming Al-Fatah mosqueThe conflict over religion and state in Egypt has gone through many phases and forms, but two stand out. The first is the struggle over the "civil" nature of the state between the Islamic movements on one side and the so-called "civil forces" on the other. The second extended and grew from the moment the military coup was staged until the moment Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was inaugurated as president and his subsequent actions.

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