As the world watches in horror at the devastating consequences of Israel’s recent military campaign in Gaza, a chilling revelation has emerged from a Tel Aviv-based think tank.
In the midst of Israel’s relentless carpet bombing of Gaza, which has claimed over 5,000 lives and displaced more than one million people, the Institute for National Security and Zionist Strategy unveiled an unsettling proposal that calls for the ethnic cleansing of the entire population of Gaza. What is even more concerning is the deafening silence from the international community in response to this alarming plan.
A Startling Proposal
The white paper released by the think tank presents a disturbing vision for the future of Gaza. Authored by Amir Weitman, an “investment manager and visiting researcher” at the institute, the proposal outlines a plan to relocate the entire population of Gaza to neighboring Egypt. Weitman goes as far as to suggest that there are approximately 10 million vacant housing units in Egypt that could be filled with Palestinians immediately. This plan is presented as a response to the “unique and rare opportunity” provided by Israel’s latest military assault on Gaza.
Ethnic Cleansing with a Price Tag
Weitman’s proposal comes with a staggering price tag of $5 billion to $8 billion, which equates to between 1 percent and 1.5 percent of Israel’s GDP. He argues that these costs are minimal in relation to the Israeli economy and that “investing individual billions of dollars” to forcibly remove the population of Gaza is an “innovative, cheap, and sustainable solution.”
In essence, Weitman’s plan amounts to Israel “buying” the Gaza Strip, with the belief that it would be a worthwhile investment that would add value over time. He envisions the area being repurposed for Israeli settlers, resulting in an expansion of settlements near the Egyptian border.
While Egypt has so far rejected Israeli pressure for the mass exodus of Gaza residents through the southern Rafah crossing, Weitman argues that Cairo would benefit from this forced migration. He suggests that Egypt’s major creditors, including France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, would welcome a revitalized Egyptian economy, courtesy of “Israeli investment” in the permanent removal of Palestinians.
Weitman also anticipates that Western Europe would support the transfer of the entire Gaza population to Egypt as it would significantly reduce the risk of illegal immigration, a concern of many European nations. Furthermore, Riyadh is expected to embrace the move as it would eliminate a significant ally of Iran in the region.
The proposal for ethnic cleansing in Gaza, while horrifying, is not an isolated idea. Former Israeli officials have also advanced similar plans in recent times. The silence from the international community in the face of such an alarming proposal is deeply concerning. The world seems to be turning a blind eye to the plight of the Palestinian population and the potential human rights violations.
The international community’s silence on the ethnic cleansing plan for Gaza is deafening. As the world witnesses the human suffering in the region, it is crucial for nations and organizations to speak out against such proposals that violate basic human rights and international law. The world must not remain a silent witness to the alarming actions and intentions of any party involved in the Israel-Gaza conflict.