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A dramatic shift in Middle East alliances: Egypt, Israel and Hamas

Egypt’s initial failed effort to mediate an end to the latest confrontation between Israel and Hamas reflects a dramatic shift in Middle Eastern alliances since the last eruption of intense violence between Palestinians and Israelis, the third in nearly six years.

Why Does John Kerry Keep Saying That Egypt Is “Transitioning to Democracy”?

Though you’ll never hear it in public, most U.S. officials probably aren’t that sorry that, considering everything else happening in the Middle East at the moment, Egypt is once again under the heavy-handed control of a secular (and for all intents and purposes pro-Israel) authoritarian government.