Late Wednesday, the Egyptian military toppled Morsi, saying it had acted in the name of millions of Egyptians who believed that Morsi had warped the democratic process and abused his power. The crackdown continued Thursday with the arrests of top Muslim Brotherhood figures, including its supreme leader.
Everyday Gazans greeted the news of Morsi's downfall with a mixture of resignation and trepidation.
"We as Palestinian people, whatever the Egyptian people want, we support them," said Gaza resident Maher al-Kitnani. "We are not with the government, we are with the people."
But Said Dukhan, a vegetable grocer in Gaza City, said he feared for Gaza's future.
"Egypt is our gateway to the world, so there is no doubt that anything that happens there will affect us here," he said. "Egypt has responsibilities toward Gaza and any leader should keep this in mind. Otherwise, we will suffer."
Hamas seized control of Gaza after several days of fighting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. The Palestinians have been divided between two rival governments since then, Hamas in Gaza and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The Palestinians seek to build a state in both territories, located on opposite sides of Israel, but repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed.
Fatah officials did little to conceal their happiness over the Muslim Brotherhood's failure in Egypt, and even expressed hope that it would lead to a collapse of the Hamas government as well.
"We salute the Egyptian people who have expressed their will," said Tawfiq Tirawi, a senior Fatah official in the West Bank.
"I think this is the end of the Muslim Brotherhood project" across the region, he added. "It's time for us to return Gaza and reunite our country, which was split by the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. It's now much easier than during Morsi."
In Israel, leaders and military officials were closely following the developments in Egypt but declined to comment publicly.
Earlier this week, as the turmoil was unfolding, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to take sides, saying only that he hoped Egypt would keep the peace with Israel.
The 1979 treaty has been a critical component of Israeli security, allowing the military to divert resources to volatile fronts with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Israeli officials say security cooperation between the two militaries has remained strong during the Morsi era and even during the past few days of unrest.
Efraim Halevy, a former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence service, said the ouster of Morsi could spell trouble for the Muslim Brotherhood across the region.
"What happened now is that in the pan-Arab view a change has taken place, and it could be that a bigger change will happen in everything related to a general Islamic campaign in different countries in the Middle East," he told Israel Radio. "I think it is very important to pay attention to this aspect and not just the internal Egyptian aspect."
Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank, and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem contributed to this report.
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