Hamas, which rules Gaza, now has an open border with Egypt. That can only make war more likely.
The Rafah Crossing opens
The Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt is now open during daytime on most days, after Egypt decided to open it. Five years ago, Israel closed it after Hamas people started firing rockets and mortars at nearby Israeli communities, and after Hamas captured a Tzahal soldier, one Gilead Shalit. Shalit is still a prisoner, and the rocket and mortar attacks continue. (Last April, a Hamas crew fired an anti-tank missile at a loaded school bus.) The Rafar Crossing was open only to limited numbers of students and professors. Now it is open to anyone, at least from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm local time. (Israeli and Palestinian time are two hours ahead of British time, and seven hours ahead of New York time.)
A table and place setting, reserved for Gilead Shalit, a soldier of the Tzahal still in the hands of Hamas. Credit: Lilach Daniel, CC BY 2.0