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  •  I voted Yes (1+ / 0-)
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    but worry that Egypt and the PA  will be incapable of effectively administering their side of the opening.  An infraction or terrorist attack that might result from this opening could set things back even more.

    With that said,  I have no idea how the border crossing is patrolled for contraband. Can anyone explain in minor detail how the two sides handle this?

    •  Well funny enough you should talk about this (2+ / 0-)
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      evergreen2, JNEREBEL

      That is a concern of Israel and the E.U. as well. Previously it was handled by E.U. Observers.

      European observers: No request to return to Gaza border crossing

      The inoperative mission of European observers, who under a 2005 agreement should be monitoring the Gaza-Egypt border crossing, said Thursday they had not received a request to return – this despite the crossing's imminent opening.

      Benoit Cusin, the spokesman for the European Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) expressed concern that without the European monitors, international standards for security checks and passengers' rights may not be upheld.

      The Egyptian government announced on Wednesday that starting Saturday, the Rafah border crossing would be open each day from 9 am to 9 pm, except for Fridays and holidays.

      The European observers would only be able to resume their work at the crossing at the formal invitation of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the parties to the 2005 agreement that established the mission - and not as a result of any unilateral action by Egypt.

      DK4: For those times when pissing in the hummus isn't enough

      by volleyboy1 on Thu May 26, 2011 at 10:05:12 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting that neither side has asked the EU (0+ / 0-)

        to resume inspections.  Could it be that they both wish for the opening to fail, each for their own narrow political reasons?

        •  That is a possibility... Though I think (1+ / 0-)
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          the Israelis did have an issue, but, Egypt and Palestine don't seem too. The article is not coming up anymore on Haaretz so I can't check whether I am right or not.

          Anyway, I often wonder at the same thing.. regarding failure.

          DK4: For those times when pissing in the hummus isn't enough

          by volleyboy1 on Thu May 26, 2011 at 12:02:42 PM PDT

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