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Why Securing a Cease-Fire Will Be Harder This Time with Steve Simon

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However, the two episodes diverge in important ways. In 2012 there was an Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood that was in a position to influence Hamas decision-making in the crisis. Muhammad Morsi was able to convince his Gazan fellow travelers that he was acting in their interest and would protect their equities in a negotiated resolution to the spiraling crisis. Morsi was able to work effectively with President Obama to hammer out a framework for a cease-fire that the two leaders could offer to their respective allies. (In a telling moment, Obama had to spend much of his long awaited pivot-to-Asia trip in serial telephone calls to Morsi and Benjamin Netanyahu about the fighting in Gaza.) In the process, Egypt and the United States could play the bad guys, allowing the Israeli and Ha

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