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Haaretz reports that following the completion of Operation Dawn in Gaza, a serious crisis began in relations between Israel and Egypt.
Egypt played a decisive role in the conclusion of the agreement on the ceasefire, and was the chief mediator between Israel and Islamic Jihad and Hamas.
The day after the ceasefire went into effect, Prime Minister Yair Lapid called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Sisi and thanked him for his efforts to restore calm. The conversation went on for a very long time, and, according to the Egyptian side, Sisi asked Lapid to “put out the flames in the West Bank”; – that is, to drastically reduce the scale of Israeli operations in Judea and Samaria.
This demand was ignored. Moreover, immediately after the end of the conversation, an operation was carried out against Ibrahim al-Nabulsi in the Kasbah of Shechem. Three people were killed and dozens injured. According to journalist Amos Harel, “the Egyptians are seething with indignation” because their demands were not taken seriously. This led “to a severe crisis” in coordinating security activities. However, it is assumed that relations will eventually be restored and coordination will be carried out at the same level.
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