Egypt’s president says future Palestinian state could be demilitarised

Palestinians stand among the rubble of houses destroyed in an Israeli strike during the conflict, amid the temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 24, 2023. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinians stand among the rubble of houses

According to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a future Palestinian state may be demilitarized and have a temporary presence of international security to give guarantees to both it and Israel. This was said on Friday.

At a joint press conference in Cairo with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Sisi stated, “We said that we are ready for this state to be demilitarized, and there can also be guarantees of forces, whether NATO forces, United Nations forces, or Arab or American forces, until we achieve security for both states, the nascent Palestinian state and the Israeli state.”

Sisi said, “A political solution that calls for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, has remained unattainable.”

Following the conclusion of Israel’s current military campaign in the Gaza Strip against the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, Arab states have rejected proposals that an Arab army provide security in the Gaza Strip.

This week, Ayman Safadi, the foreign minister of Jordan, warned reporters in London that Arab nations would not want to enter the Gaza Strip because Israel’s military campaign may turn it into a “wasteland.”

“What are the circumstances under which any of us would want to go and be seen as the enemy and be seen as having come to clean up Israel’s mess?” He stated.

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