Hamas Considering to Declare Gaza a Sovereign Country

Banking on Egyptian support, Hamas may declare Gaza an independent country, a Brittish Arab language newspaper reports.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Hamas is banking on Egyptian support to declare Gaza an independent state and “a liberated part of the ’67 territories,” the London-based Al Hayat Arab language paper reported Sunday.

Hamas has been tossing around the idea for two years, but Egypt has rejected the move.

The new Muslim Brotherhood government has given the Hamas terrorist party new hope, and a  senior Hamas official told Al Hayat that the subject will be discussed in meetings with newly elected Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi this Thursday.

“Relations with Egypt are based on common needs,“ the source said, explaining that Hamas wants to cut off its crossings with Israel and develop a trade route with Egypt through Rafiah. Hamas is telling Egypt it can provide security to secure its northern Sinai border.

Rafiah is Gaza’s most southern city and straddles both sides of the Egyptian-Gazan border and also is a major point of smuggling of arms, drugs and women.

Announcing Gaza as an independent entity could hamper relations between Egypt and the United States, which has labeled Hamas as an illegal terrorist organization.

It also would be a  major blow  to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, which has refused to negotiate without pre-conditions with Israel to obtain recognition.

Instead of promoting a “two-state” solution, it would create a de facto situation of two countries – Israel and Gaza – and an increasing fractured Palestinian Authority entity.

The British-based Gadstone Institute recently observed, “Everyone who is anyone has declared for a two-state solution: Israel and Palestine.  …And almost everyone argues that the only alternative would be a one-state solution.

“Hardly anybody wants to know that three states have emerged, de facto, in the area: Israel, West Bank and Gaza.”


View original Arutz Sheva publication at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/158106#.UAvqPaOZXuY

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  1. Although, I haven’t yet read any official opinions on this subject with regards to Gaza’s independence, this may be the best solution. Those regional Arabs wishing to reside in ‘THEIR’ own country will now have that choice…..even though Jordan had always been a viable option as well.

    Becoming ‘independent’, they will no longer be classified as ‘refugees’ and will no longer be protected by the different Geneva Conventions. Israel will also be ‘relived of duty’ that was also dictated by numerous conventions.

    One major change will be that Israel’s right to defend herself will no longer be restrained, as in the past, and can respond as Israel did in Lebanon, back in 2006. Firing a rocket to randomly fall to mass-murder Israelis will then be officially, an act of war, not a civil disturbance.

    Also, for all the regional Arabs & more importantly, their leaders & representatives who have made a living out of NOT making a living, they will probably choose NOT to take this route. lol

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