“Hamas listens to Mohamed Morsy,” Gerges told CNN as the talks were still going on. “Hamas looks up to Egypt now, at this particular stage, and that is why Egypt has emerged as the most important state vis-a-vis Hamas and Gaza.” Egypt’s role in the talks was “pivotal,” he said…

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told CNN that the deal announced Wednesday “offers a future where we can have peace and quiet in the south. That’s good for Israelis; it’s also good for Gazans.”

And the exiled political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, told reporters after the agreement that Egypt “behaved responsibly.”…

Mitchell said Morsy’s government “has invested a lot of effort and in a sense prestige in this. So I think they will be trying very hard to make certain this that this cease-fire does hold, at least for a sufficient period of time so that the parties can discuss the broader issues.”

“I think it will only redound to his benefit, both domestically and around the world,” Mitchell added. “But in the end, his success or failure will rest upon how well the people of Egypt feel their interests have been met in terms of the need for jobs, for education — the same things that people want everywhere in the world.”