Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said Cairo is committed to protecting its land and sovereignty at any cost, dismissing calls for Palestinians in Gaza to be displaced to the Sinai desert.
“We are ready to sacrifice millions of lives to protect our territory from any encroachment,” Madbouly said in a speech he gave in the Sinai. The event was attended by military leaders, local tribal leaders, members of parliament and other politicians.
The Egyptian prime minister added that his country would never allow itself to be imposed upon at its own expense. He further stated that a two-state solution is a comprehensive resolution that can guarantee regional peace.
A document compiled by Israeli intelligence was discovered containing a proposal to displace the residents of the Gaza Strip to Sinai after Hamas is toppled in the enclave.
According to the document, published by the Israeli media, Israel will work to evacuate the civilian population first to tent cities and then to the permanent cities that will be established in North Sinai.
The initiative, published on 13 October, includes establishing a several-kilometre-wide “sterile” buffer zone inside Egypt and not allowing the return of residents near the Israeli border.
Earlier this month, former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Al Jazeera that Palestinians in Gaza should evacuate their residences and relocate to the Sinai Desert in Egypt, where temporary tent cities could be established for them, amid Israel’s bombardment of the besieged enclave.