Egypt has reportedly been talking to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza in recent days, in an attempt to get them to stop attacking Israeli civilians with rockets.
A senior Islamic Jihad source, quoted by Voice of Israel public radio, said Tuesday that his group, like Hamas, does not seek an escalation of the conflict with Israel. He told Al Hayyat that senior-level Egyptians had been communicating with senior members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, in an attempt to “stabilize the calm.”
The source added that Israel ad transmitted a warning to the terrorists in Gaza, that if rocket fire from Gaza does not stop, there will be an immediate and harsh escalation.
He explained that Egypt has a particular interest in Gaza because events there directly influence the situation in Egypt. Voice of Israel said that Hamas has deployed its forces along the border with Israel and in possible launching zones throughout Gaza, to try and prevent rocket fire at the Jewish state.