Report: Netanyahu Proposed Settling Gazans in Sinai to Mubarak
JNS.org – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed settling Gazan Palestinians in the Sinai Peninsula before the Egyptian leader’s ouster in 2011, the Egyptian newspaper AlYoum AlSabaa reported on Sunday. The report was based on recorded interviews with the former president after the army overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government in July of this year.
Mubarak said that in his final conversation with Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister proposed a “creative” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“In my final meeting with Netanyahu in Egypt, he approached me with a proposal to settle Palestinians from the Gaza Strip in Sinai,” Mubarak said in the interview. “Netanyahu came with a map of the border between Gaza, Israel and Egypt, and offered this as a theoretical proposal alone, to test what our response would be. I told him he ought to bury the proposal fast, unless he wanted a war to break out between Egypt and Israel.”