Tue 05 Dec 2023 7:44 pm - Jerusalem Time
US Congress is reviewing a plan to facilitate an ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Gaza
Last week, some members of the US Congress were briefed on a plan to link US aid to Arab countries to their willingness to accept refugees from Gaza, which would facilitate the Israeli goal of cleansing the Palestinian territories, according to the newspaper “Israel Hayom”.
The proposal was presented to key figures in the House of Representatives and the Senate, but the report did not mention who presented the plan. The proposal calls for conditions on aid provided to Egypt, Turkey, Yemen and Iraq, and even provides details on the number of Palestinians each country should receive.
The plan proposes that one million Palestinians go to Egypt, half a million to Turkey, 250,000 to Iraq, and another 250,000 to Yemen. In total, the plan specifies the expulsion of two million Palestinians from Gaza, meaning approximately 2.3 million Palestinians reside in Gaza.
A document prepared by the Israeli Ministry of Intelligence was leaked to the media last October, which included several proposals for post-war Gaza. The document said that the best option for Israel is to expel all Palestinians in Gaza to the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and create a “sterile” buffer zone in Egyptian territory.
According to the report, the biggest obstacle to Israel's desire to push all Palestinians to Egypt is the strong opposition from the Egyptian side, which has repeatedly stated that it will not allow the influx of large numbers of refugees into its lands. The Egyptian position has prompted Israeli officials to look to other countries to accept the Palestinians they wish to expel.
In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, two Israeli members of the Knesset called on Western countries to accept Palestinian refugees. Israeli Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel wrote a similar op-ed in the Jerusalem Post in which she suggested the “voluntary resettlement” of Palestinians in Gaza to other countries around the world.