Egypt has been caught in a dilemma for weeks about opening the Rafah crossing into Gaza: wanting to help the most seriously injured Palestinians leave, but adamantly refusing to contemplate a surge of Palestinian refugees into the Sinai peninsula. “We are prepared to sacrifice millions of lives to ensure that no one encroaches upon our territory,” Egypt’s prime minister, Mostafa Madbouly, said earlier this week.
Sisi said at the Cairo peace summit on 21 October that the world must never condone the use of human suffering to force people into displacement. “Egypt has affirmed, and is reiterating, its vehement rejection of the forced displacement of the Palestinians and their transfer to Egyptian lands in Sinai, as this will mark the last gasp in the liquidation of the Palestinian cause, shatter the dream of an independent Palestinian state, and squander the struggle of the Palestinian people and that of the Arab and Islamic peoples over the course of the Palestinian cause that has endured for 75 years,” he said.
For the same reason they’ve insisted they remain stuck in there this psat 75 years. Because if they did disperse then there wouldn;t be that pressure to destroy Israel. And the 2.5 million people are to remain cooped up in order to maintain that pressure to destroy Israel.
As I’ve pointed out the calls to retake Koenigsburg come from a very few lonely old men after that third or fourth beer. Because that former population is not still stuck in a camp in Pomerania. To be brutal about it the existence of Gaza itself is what keeps the problem festering.