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No maps have been drawn yet, but one possible map of the Egyptian Sinai Initiative for Peace/Palestine (ESIPP) could look something like this - with a massive, coastal area from Sinai, contiguous to Gaza, being transferred to the Palestinian Authority for a state.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi never offered the Palestinian Authority a chance to establish a new state in the Sinai Peninsula, according to i24 News.

On Monday morning, Israel Army Radio had reported the Egyptian president had made the suggestion to to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas earlier this week in Cairo.

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The alleged proposal would have provided a tract of land 1,600 square kilometers (618 square miles) adjacent to Gaza, to “end the refugee story,” as Abbas told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

The total area of the site – which would be controlled by the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas — is five times the area of Gaza. According to Israel Army Radio, the proposal has a green light from the United States, and Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was given a ‘heads up’ as well.

In exchange, the Palestinian Authority would end its demand for Israel to retreat to the 1949 Armistice Line – known internationally also as the “1967 border” after Israel won the 1967 Six Day War.

The broadcast report noted that el-Sisi reminded Abbas in their conversation that he is 80 years old. The Egyptian president allegedly warned the PA chairman that if he chose not to make history by accepting the proposal, “your successor will.”

Abbas, however, rejected the plan – much as his predecessor, former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat once rejected a plan that would have given his people 97 percent of the territory in Judea and Samaria for which they have fought for so long.  Arafat instead insisted on holding out for land from Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.

The Egyptian proposal is not really a new idea. In 1956, the Egyptian government proposed a similar concept. Then, too, it was rejected by the PLO.

“Now this is being proposed once again,” Abbas told a gathering of his Fatah faction in Ramallah on Sunday. “A senior leader in Egypt has said, ‘A refuge must be found for the Palestinians and we have all this open land.’ This was said to me personally. But it is illogical for the problem to be solved at Egypt’s expense. We won’t have it.”

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry claimed in its denial on Monday that the proposal was actually offered in the past by Muslim Brotherhood-backed former President Mohammed Morsi, deposed a year ago by el-Sisi.

Under the plan, Palestinian Authority-controlled cities in Judea and Samaria would remain autonomous and their residents would remain in their homes.

So-called “refugees” from abroad – who are now into the third and fourth and in some cases even fifth generations – could move to new homes in the proposed State of Palestine, adjacent to Gaza. There would be a considerable amount of seafront property in the tract being offered, enough for both real estate development, and for a port.

Just two main conditions were attached to the proposal: (1) the state be demilitarized, and (2) that cities in Judea and Samaria be autonomous, not the entire regions.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Evidently some thought was being given towards a possible solution to the strife taking place constantly. Question is what other offers were made and rejected. Why is it that nothing seems to satisfy the Palestinians? Other than total obliteration of Israel. And to think that historically they’re supposed to be lineal descendants of the same ancestor – Abraham. Hold them to the Oslo Accord. Did Yitzhak Rabin die in vain? He was murdered on November 4, 1995 after the rally in support of the Oslo Accords at the Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv.

  2. Evidently some thought was being given towards a possible solution to the strife taking place constantly. Question is what other offers were made and rejected. Why is it that nothing seems to satisfy the Palestinians? Other than total obliteration of Israel. And to think that historically they're supposed to be lineal descendants of the same ancestor – Abraham. Hold them to the Oslo Accord. Did Yitzhak Rabin die in vain? He was murdered on November 4, 1995 after the rally in support of the Oslo Accords at the Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv.

  3. The Egyptian President denied this fabricated story in a televised speech addressing the nation, he was quoted saying” Nobody and I mean Nobody including myself can sacrifice even one inch of the Egyptian soil. None of the alleged story has ever been discussed in any meeting with the Palestinian president or anybody else and this is a pure fabrication by Israel radio and is designed to test the Egyptian response towards that.

    To make a long story short, Egyptian territories is a RED LINE, it is not for sale, is not a gratuitous gift and whoever dares to cross it will pay a heavy price. Israel and the Palestinians can go somewhere else to resolve their problem.

    The alleged story aired by Israel radio caused shock, outrageous and angry response among the people of Egypt.

    EGYPT …. Said It All.

  4. The Palestinians should move to New York City and to Los Angeles to live with all those Jewish Liberals who espouse their cause, and constantly vote for the Democratic Machine politicians.

  5. Israel loved them but returned hatred. Egypt have to think twice before action is taken. They can change and claim it. PA should learn to have peace with those who help them.

  6. They do not want peace. There leaders Do not care for the about their people. They destroyed the tomatoes that would have brought in money . They want to keep the Gazans in poverty while the leaders live like kings

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