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Egyptian President Proposes Demilitarized Palestinian State

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi proposed demilitarising a potential future Palestinian state.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi put forth a proposal for a potential future Palestinian state to be demilitarized, accompanied by a temporary international security presence. 

Sisi emphasized the need for guarantees to ensure security for both the Palestinian state and Israel.

Security Guarantees Through International Forces:

During a joint news conference with Spanish and Belgian Prime Ministers, Sisi suggested the possibility of deploying forces such as NATO, United Nations, Arab, or American forces to oversee security until stability is achieved for both the nascent Palestinian state and Israel.

Sisi highlighted the elusive nature of a political resolution, stating that the vision for a Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967, borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, remains unattained.

Arab Nations’ Stance on Gaza Security:

Arab nations have shown resistance to the idea of an Arab force providing security in Gaza after Israel’s military operation against Hamas. 

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi expressed concerns about potential consequences, indicating that Arab states are hesitant to intervene in the Gaza Strip affected by Israel’s offensive.

Challenges and Concerns:

Safadi highlighted the challenges and reluctance of Arab nations to enter Gaza under circumstances where their intervention could be misconstrued as cleaning up after Israel’s military operations, potentially causing hostility toward them. 

The fear of being perceived as adversaries amid the aftermath of the conflict raises significant concerns for potential interventions.

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