Sun 19 May 2024 8:49 am - Jerusalem Time

The floating port...humanitarian aid that worries the Palestinians!

Sweilem: It may be a prelude to the displacement of the people of the Gaza Strip 
 Mousa: A corridor to force the people of Gaza to emigrate 
 Yaghi: Exploiting it to establish an American military base 
 Abu Al-Rous: It has economic dimensions and to protect trade with Israel

With the US Army announcing, on Friday, that the first load of humanitarian aid allocated to the Gaza Strip via the floating port established by Washington had been unloaded, and trucks had begun transporting it towards the besieged Palestinian Strip, Palestinian fears are once again surfacing about the possibility that the port may have political and economic goals for the benefit of Israel and the United States. Even if it is wrapped in a human form.

Writers and analysts interviewed by Al-Quds express their concern that the port will be a prelude to establishing a military base in the event of any regional war breaking out, or a prelude to a commercial corridor from Israel to the world as an alternative to the Suez Canal, and to eliminate any dangers resulting from Houthi strikes in the Red Sea.

Last March, US President Joe Biden announced the construction of this floating port at a cost of no less than $320 million, as part of what America says are attempts to bring aid to the Palestinians in Gaza, following Israel’s closure of 14 crossings into the Strip to the world, while aid ships are being inspected in Cyprus. Before its departure, it is then loaded onto trucks shortly after its arrival at the port, to be transported to the Gaza Strip.
The announcement of the inauguration of the floating port, which is located off the Gaza Sea, specifically opposite the Nuseirat camp, comes at a time when the United Nations and international organizations confirm that delivering aid by sea, or dropping it from the air, does not compensate for opening land crossings and allowing more aid trucks to enter. Gaza.
Writer and political researcher Dr. Abdul Majeed Sweilem says: “The announcement of the inauguration of the port, months after the announcement of its establishment, comes at a time when Israel is in crisis on the internal level, as well as on the military level in the Gaza Strip.”
He warns that the Palestinian fear about the port is that the floating port may be one of the means of displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians at a specific and appropriate moment, and talking about the port is an attempt to win American public opinion that rejects the position of the current American administration regarding what is happening in Gaza.
Sweilem stresses that the United States says that the floating port comes within the framework of an attempt to relieve pressure on civilians in the Gaza Strip, which is suspicious, although it can put pressure on Israel to open the crossings, as well as have a position on Israel’s refusal to allow international organizations to work in Gaza. .
Sweilem says: “Whoever wants to help does not send arms shipments to Israel, which is killing the Palestinians. There are dozens of indications that the United States of America is adopting the Israeli position, and so far the differences with Israel have not changed in their essence regarding the war, and America does not hide that.”
Sweilem adds: “The issue of establishing the floating port off the coast of Gaza is something hidden from America’s position on the war, and the United States may resort to it in hidden ways other than the real circumstances outside the calculations, but in a manner consistent with the objectives of the war on Gaza, and it may be used as a military point.” In the event that the regional confrontation expands.”
Sweilem stresses that what is required of the Palestinians is that we consider that this port should not be an alternative to land crossings, pointing out that closing the crossings and resorting to the port as an outlet for the people of Gaza, is merely an attempt to get out of the circle of pressure and to clear American responsibility for what is happening to civilians, and what is important is that we remain We are careful not to let the port deviate from its stated goals.
The expert and economic analyst, Dr. Thabet Abu Al-Rous said that the American floating port has more political and economic dimensions than those that were announced as humanitarian, wondering about the justification for establishing a port at such a great cost at sea, with the presence of 14 crossings that Israel closes, besieges the people of Gaza, and prevents them from the world through Egypt and the West Bank. Note that the port is not located directly on the seashore, so it has other dimensions.
He points out that he does not believe that there are humanitarian dimensions to this port, despite what the United States promotes that it is for food, medicine, and humanitarian aid. If it were true, it would stop arms shipments to Israel, with which it kills the people of Gaza, or pressure it to open the crossings to bring in aid.
Abu Al-Rous says: “Regardless of the image promoted by the United States, establishing the waterway has economic dimensions and serves Israeli and American politics. Establishing the waterway limits Egypt’s ability to benefit from the Suez Canal, so the port came as an alternative to serve Israel as an alternative for the passage of goods.” As well as the export of natural gas from Israel to the world, which amounts to one billion dollars, and it also imports a value of one billion and 170 million dollars, so the port came to secure the passage of international and European ships, which indicates that the corridor has a regional dimension.”
For his part, writer and political analyst Imad Mousa says: “The idea of the floating port, although ostensibly to provide humanitarian aid, comes to achieve several goals, including: strengthening the infrastructure of the American forces in the region, as well as seizing gas in Gaza, and opening Immigration is subject to pressure on the people and the closure of the crossings, and what raises doubts is that the floating port is located opposite the Nuseirat camp,” stressing that America is a partner of Israel in the aggression against Gaza, and indicating that the resistance may attack that port if it deviates from its declared goals.
Musa points out that what is required to confront these crises in Gaza is a comprehensive national dialogue, adopting a clear political program, and staying away from political tensions, given the sensitivity of the stage that the Palestinian issue is going through.
Meanwhile, expert on Israeli and Palestinian affairs, Firas Yaghi, says: “The establishment of the waterway demonstrates the existence of permanent coordination between the Israelis and the Americans, but the questions remain: How will the aid be delivered? To whom will it be provided? Where will the warehouses be located? And how will they be protected, in light of Israel’s rejection of UNRWA’s role?” 
He points out that the floating port is located at the end of Netzarim Street, which indicates that it is part of an American and Israeli plan, pointing out that the US Secretary of Defense’s statements about the floating port suggest that it will be a security point for the United States, while Yaghi warns against any exploitation of the port’s presence. As a prelude to establishing an American military base, or perhaps in order to obtain gas in Gaza.
Yaghi confirms that the entry of aid through the American port is not enough for the people’s need for aid, and that only a few trucks will enter, and the daily need reaches more than 500 trucks. His establishment is also an attempt by the current American administration to pre-empt any lawsuit that may be filed against it to circumvent it, by saying that it is with humanitarian aid. Although it can pressure Israel to open the crossings.
Yaghi stresses that what is required of the Palestinians to confront the plans being hatched against the people of Gaza is to develop a Palestinian plan that includes a unified position, which was what was done in the Gaza Strip when all the resistance factions rejected the presence of any force on the shores of Gaza, considering it an occupying force, and that any force enters Gaza without coordination with All Palestinians are viewed as occupying forces that came to help the Israeli occupation.
Yaghi warns against exploiting the floating port as a gateway to the humanitarian situation to have a direct role in Gaza, because whoever wants to provide aid does not bring military forces.
He says: "The waterway may threaten Egyptian national security as an alternative to the Rafah crossing, and it is pressure on Egypt without an announcement."
According to Yaghi, “the floating port is viewed with suspicion and suspicion, especially since Israel tried to displace the people of the Gaza Strip to Egypt, but this clashed with the Egyptian position to prevent displacement, and the rest of the crossings towards the West Bank and the interior, and Israel does not want that, and the floating port remains, so the Palestinian may come under the pressure that He went through it for more than 7 months, and made Gaza unlivable, forcing him to emigrate under the name of (voluntary migration).”


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The floating port...humanitarian aid that worries the Palestinians!