Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Egypt offers Sinai to the refugees, Abbas refuses

If true, this would have been as close to a real peace as has been offered in 60+ years.  A country five times larger than today and more than enough room for all refugees to return and build a new life.

But no, Abbas cannot agree to this because it removes the impetus to destroy Israel ans scatter the Jews to the four winds.  The only goal that interests Hamas, Fatah, the Islamic State and all other Islamic groups is for all the Jews to die and Israel relegated to the dustbin of history.  Nothing less will suffice, so the offer of a country of their own will remain a non-starter.

From International Business Times September 8 by Jack Moore

Egypt's Sisi Offered Abbas Creation of Palestinian State in Sinai Peninsula

Egyptian President General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has offered Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas the chance to create a Palestinian state in the Sinai Peninsula, according to local Israelimedia.

The offer to the Palestinian President which, reports say Abbas has denied, would have seen 1,600 square kilometres of the Sinai Peninsula given to the Palestinian Authority, creating a Palestinian state five times the size of Gaza.

According to IDF Radio, the offer would see Abbas relinquish demands that Israel return to the 1967 borders.

In the new and enlarged Gaza, the territory would be demilitarised and Palestinian refugees, many who were unable to return to their towns after the creation of Israel, would have been able to settle there.

As part of the proposal, Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank would have been autonomous and continued to be under Palestinian Authority control.

Sisi allegedly said to Abbas in the meeting: "You are now 80 years old, if you don't accept this proposal, your successor will."

The Palestinian Authority is yet to publicly comment on the initiative but unnamed sources said that Abbas rejected the deal in a meeting with Sisi.

The Israeli military radio station said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had knowledge of the offer and that the United States had given its approval to such an idea.

An idea along the same lines was introduced years ago by Israeli academics but Egypt rejected the proposal.

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