Egypt’s leadership has foreseen the future and understood the plan made by the Israeli occupation forces for the displacement of the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip into Sinai.
Again and again, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has re-affirmed his opposition to this plan, which is regarded as an attempt to erase the Palestinian cause.
Egypt’s leadership has not only forced Israel to back down from this plan, but also succeeded in making world powers resume talks on the two-state solution for a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has repeatedly asserted that Egypt will never allow any forced displacement of Gaza’s residents into Egypt’s Sinai, and it has the force that enable it to protect its sovereignty and borders, but it is using it in a wise way. He also emphasised that the Egyptian Army’s responsibility is to safeguard Egypt’s borders and lands without transgressing the borders of others.
As the world’s leaders have now respected Egypt’s view that there will be no way for the expulsion of Palestinians from Gaza and that the only fundamental way out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the two-state solution, Israel has begun to search for alternatives to proceed with its malicious displacement plan. Now Israel is moving with a plan to castigate Egypt in the international media by spreading false reports about it.
During its coverage of the current events in Gaza, the Israel-allied Western media demonstrated Egypt as a party derailing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the enclave through its refusal to open Rafah crossing for the displaced Palestinians. The Western media highlighted the idea of moving displaced Palestinians in Gaza into Egypt’s Sinai as a “logical solution” to deescalate the current situation in Gaza. It is clear that there is an attempt by the Israel-allied Western media to shift the responsibility of the current human disaster taking place in Gaza from the Israeli side to Egypt.
The Western media neglected the fact that Rafah crossing has been open and since the first day of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza Strip on October 7, and it is the Israeli occupation forces that shot the Palestinian side of the border four times. It also disregarded the legitimate Egyptian concerns of liquidating the Palestinian cause in case the forced displacement of Palestinians in Gaza into Sinai was accepted. The Western media also neglected the complications this displacement can cause for the future of relations between Egypt and Israel who signed a peace treaty in 1979.
The British Financial Times newspaper quoted officials sources as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied the EU to pressure Egypt to accept the displacement of Palestinians from Gaza into Sinai. The same sources pointed out that the idea was discussed lately in meetings of European official in countries like Czech and Netherlands. However, the major European countries France, Germany and Britain dismissed the displacement idea, pointing to Egypt’s total rejection of it even if for a temporary period.
The newspaper also highlighted President
Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s continued assertion that Egypt refuses any attempt for liquidating the Palestinian issue through military means or the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their lands as this will come at the expense of other countries in the region.
The British newspaper also indicated that Egypt’s potential role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on the agenda of the European Union Summit, and that the European leaders agreed at the end that Egypt has to play a role in delivering wide-scale humanitarian aid into Gaza, but without pressuring it to accept the entry of refugees and displaced Palestinians.
In a nutshell, it is important for other countries to listen to the messages of President El Sisi and take them seriously. Egypt will never accept any attempts that may harm its national security. Egyptians also fully realise that wars are always costly and destructive and will never tolerate any threats to the security of their nation.
Mohamed Fahmy is the editor-in-chief
of The Egyptian Gazette and
Egyptian Mail newspapers