Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a surprising statement regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. He stated that if a Palestinian state is established in the future, it should not have its own military. Al-Sisi said, “If a Palestinian state is established, we will not have a military in it, but we should receive security guarantees. Therefore, an international force, whether from the United Nations, NATO, the United States, or any Arab country, should be deployed for security.”
Arab countries had rejected this proposal before. Al-Sisi mentioned that these forces would remain in place until the people in the region feel secure. Notably, Arab nations had dismissed a proposal that involved deploying Arab forces in Gaza after the conflict. Jordan’s Foreign Minister stated that they wouldn’t deploy their soldiers in Gaza because they were unsure of what actions Israel might take, and Israel could potentially render the area desolate again.
Current Situation in Gaza:
Following a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the Israeli military has imposed restrictions on attacks. However, Hamas has accused Israel of violating the ceasefire agreement. The agreement stipulated that in exchange for a four-day ceasefire, Hamas would release 50 prisoners, and Israel would release 150 Palestinian prisoners from its jails. Additionally, Hamas pledged not to obstruct the entry of trucks into Gaza and to refrain from using drones for surveillance.
However, Hamas now alleges that Israel has halted the entry of trucks into Gaza and is conducting surveillance on the city using drones. Israel has denied these allegations. The situation remains tense, with both sides closely monitoring each other’s actions.
President al-Sisi’s proposal adds a new dimension to the complex dynamics of the Israel-Palestine conflict, introducing the idea of international forces to guarantee security in the event of a Palestinian state. The response of other regional and international players to this proposal will likely influence the trajectory of future negotiations and conflicts in the region.