Egypt Must Do More to Aid Gazans

Especially in the context of a pending Israeli military operation to destroy Hamas’s last battalions in Rafah, U.S.-led efforts to surge aid supplies into Gaza by air and sea may mitigate, but will likely not avert, the Strip’s worsening descent into humanitarian catastrophe and potential anarchy. This makes temporary refugee facilities in nearby Sinai in Egypt an increasingly attractive and urgent option to alleviate civilian suffering and help ensure Hamas’s defeat as quickly and effectively as possible. Working with its Arab and European partners, the Biden administration must begin serious talks with President Sissi to overcome Egypt’s objections and ensure such infrastructure rapidly becomes available, as part of larger U.S.- and Arab-led efforts to help build a better future for Gaza and counter shared Iran-led threats.