After the orchestrated violence early in the week, it seems for the moment to be all quiet on the Western (Israeli) front. Perhaps because what Hamas can instigate, Hamas can also stop - if the right pressure is applied:
Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said an Egyptian intelligence chief had warned Hamas leader Haniyeh that Egypt has “proof” the terrorist group, which is in complete political and military control in Gaza, was behind the riots and sacrificing civilians for political purposes.
The Egyptian official “made unequivocally clear to him (Haniyeh) that if this continues, Israel will respond and take far harsher steps, and Egypt will stand by and will not help,” Katz told Israel Radio in an interview.
“Haniyeh returned to Gaza, Hamas gave an order … and miraculously, this spontaneous protest by a public that could not handle the situation any more dissipated.”
The New York Times reported on Monday, “At 5:30 p.m., shortly after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, organizers who had been urging people toward the fence all day suddenly began shooing them away, and the day’s action quickly subsided.”
Egypt did not immediately respond to Katz’s comments, which Hamas dismissed as false.
The terrorist group denied that pressure from Egypt led to the dwindling down of riots at the Israeli-Gaza border on Tuesday, where only 4,000 Gazans had gathered compared to 50,000 the previous day.