Will Israel Forcibly Expel 2.2 Million Palestinians?
It looks like the Benjamin Netanyahu-led Israeli government is working on its plan of a “New Middle East”, which means no Gaza Strip and Palestine. If there’s no Palestine, there’s no need for a two-state solution, but only one state – Israel.
The Israeli Ministry of Intelligence, according to Local Call, is looking at forcibly moving over two million Palestinians in Gaza Strip to Sinai, in Egypt. A 10-page document outlines three option for the people of the besieged territory, including a full population transfer and seeking international support for its operation.
However, it should be noted that this is merely a recommendation and not binding. The Israeli government has the power to do what it wants and the document forwarded by the Ministry of Intelligence is just a file of recommendations.
Israel Says its ‘Hypothetical Exercise’
The Israeli PM Office down played the document (dated October 13) saying it’s just a hypothetical exercise, a concept paper. The document states that under the plan, Gaza’s 2.3 million residents would be told that there is no longer any hope of returning to the territories that Israel will occupy, and that Allah made sure that Palestine lost this land because of the leadership of Hamas.
The Israeli Ministry of Intelligence is sure that the United States would bow to its plan and put pressure on Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates to contribute, either in resources or in accepting displaced persons. It states that Spain, Greece and Canada can also be persuaded to take in the refugees from the Strip.
Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence is confident that the Israeli government can portray this document as a policy to the world as a “way to cause fewer casualties among the civilian population”, amid Israel’s ongoing military aggression in the territory.
New War for Palestinians
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said they are against transfer to any place, in any form. “We consider it a red line that we will not allow to be crossed. What happened in 1948 will not be allowed to happen again.” Rudeineh added that a mass displacement would be tantamount to declaring a new war.
Israel will hit a brick wall with Egypt as President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has been very vocal against the displacement of Palestinians from Gaza. He said a major influx of refugees from Gaza would eliminate the Palestinian national cause. By bringing Palestinians in, Egypt risks bringing militants into Sinai.
If Israel pushes ahead with this so-called concept, it will lose Egypt as a good neighbor.