Speak of intractable problems: Israel has been fighting all of its 60 years to survive as a nation. Still groups such as Hamas vow its destruction. Even with its sometime heavy hand, Israel must defend itself.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry warned that any move to do so [breach the border] would hurt the Palestinian cause and undermine efforts to end the Israeli embargo on Gaza. The ministry statement criticized the timing of the Hamas threats, saying they coincided with "the concocted problems inside Egypt," an apparent reference to this week's deadly riots over rising food prices.