How did Egypt confront plans to displace Palestinians from Gaza throughout history?
The English-language magazine “Modern Diplomacy” revealed details of Israel’s multiple attempts to resettle the residents of the Gaza Strip in the Sinai Peninsula for many years, which Egypt strongly confronted so that the Palestinian people would not face a second catastrophe, as Egypt had the upper hand in the current crisis after the failure of all… West’s attempts to displace Palestinians.
Israel’s history of attempts to displace the population of Gaza
The magazine explained that in 2010, when the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip was renewed, the Egyptian leadership refused to open the Rafah crossing to Palestinian refugees, stressing that it would not allow reconciliation to be achieved at the expense of the country, or the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.
She continued that during the rule of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, Israeli pressures increased to displace Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, but Egypt strongly rejected the Israeli proposals, and after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office, the Palestinian issue remained a central issue for Egypt, and Egypt made many efforts to stabilize the ceasefire. To avoid further violence and the shedding of the blood of innocent civilians from the Palestinian people who pay the price, in addition to the continued emphasis on the necessity of establishing an independent Palestinian state, in addition to the humanitarian efforts provided by Egypt by opening the Rafah crossing to receive wounded and injured Palestinians and food and medical aid to the Palestinian people.
She pointed out that Egypt’s position on displacement remained consistent during the era of President Sisi, as Egypt affirmed, since 2014, its complete rejection of the brutal Israeli practices, and considers them a violation of international law, and the cessation of any practices that violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Following the May 2021 aggression, President Sisi directed that patients and critical cases be transferred for treatment to Cairo. The Egyptian Red Crescent also sent relief materials and medical supplies to the Strip, and the Egyptian Ministry of Health prepared 3 hospitals to receive the wounded and injured coming from the Gaza Strip, through the Rafah land port, and the Egyptian efforts succeeded. In establishing a truce in the Gaza Strip twice since 2014, Egyptian efforts culminated in success in May 2021, under the leadership of President Sisi, in establishing an unconditional truce and ceasefire in the Strip. These are the efforts for which the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, specifically announced His support for the ceasefire.
Cairo Peace Summit
The magazine pointed out that Egypt, in the current aggression, once again rejected all the major pressures exerted by the West to displace the Palestinians to Sinai, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for holding the Cairo Peace Summit to send to the world a message that Sinai is for the Egyptians and that solving the Palestinian issue cannot be at the expense of Egypt, and called for the need to stop Israeli military operations on the Gaza Strip and within the framework of an initiative that stipulates the need to urgently begin examining ways to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in light of the two-state solution, amid broad international support.
She explained that Egypt insists that there is no solution to the Palestinian issue except the two-state solution, and to reject and denounce the policy of displacement or attempts to liquidate the Palestinian issue at the expense of neighboring countries, and in order to coordinate international efforts and discuss all possible ways to end the current escalation and restore the prospects for the political process between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to reach an agreement. Permanent solution.
She added that in the current crisis, Egypt had the upper hand, as the West did not succeed in its plan to expand the Israeli state and displace the Palestinians from Gaza.