It takes two hands to clap and neither side in this 70-year-long saga is shaking hands. Instead, naked hostility reigns largely engendered by the Trump administration’s biased approach serving the Jewish state. Bad enough that according to leaks there is no two-state or even one-state in the offing. Instead a demilitarised, non-contiguous Palestinian enclave on 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank has allegedly been proposed with its ‘capital’ on [occupied] Jerusalem’s outskirts.
Gaza’s future looks even more uncertain. It is certain that Egypt will not and cannot relinquish one inch of its land to extend the world’s largest open-air prison. Whether or not the Egyptian government would assent to the opening of the Rafah Crossing is as yet unclear.
However, that humanitarian endeavour, which ordinarily might sound like a reasonable option, would present Cairo with massive security problems given Gaza’s armed groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad and others with links to hostile entities behind terrorist attacks targeting Egyptians.