Opening of Gaza Border Will Mean Easier Access to Cash for Hamas

By Colby Adams

Egypt's decision to reopen the Gaza Strip's most important land-based port of entry will complicate international efforts to stem funding for designated terrorist group Hamas, say critics of the move. On Saturday, the Egyptian government began allowing transit through the Rafah border crossing to and from the Gaza Strip after a five-year closure supported by Israel and supervised by Egypt's government under Hosni Mubarak. The closure was largely seen to be a response to the June 2006 capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit during a Hamas-led incursion into Israel. The reopening is likely to make it easier for Hamas to...