The diplomatic activity in Cairo illustrated Hamas’ rising influence in a changing Middle East. The Arab Spring has brought Islamists to power and influence across the region, helping Hamas emerge from years of isolation.
Morsi warned that a ground operation by Irael will have “repercussions” across the region. “All must realize the situation is different than before, and the people of the region now are different than before and the leaders are different than before,” he said at a joint press conference with Turkey’s Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan, like Morsi, leads an Islamist government that has chilly diplomatic ties with Israel.
On Friday, Morsi sent his prime minister to Gaza on a solidarity mission with Hamas. And on Saturday, Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem visited Gaza as well.