Israel Plans to Help Palestinians Leave the Gaza Strip

Tens of thousands of Gazans already leave of their own accord every year. Israel wants to help increase that number

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Gaza
Photo: Hassan Jedi/Flash90

Israel’s Security Cabinet has been working over the past year to help Palestinians leave the Gaza Strip, never to return. 

According to government sources involved in the discussions, the plan to assist Gazans to emigrate was approved by Prime Minister Netanyahu. According to a government source cited by Israeli media, more than 35,000 Palestinians left Gaza with no intention of returning during 2018. “We consider this an extremely large number of emigrants,” the official told reporters during Netanyahu’s recent trip to Kiev.

The official reported that Israel is ready to pay all expenses incurred in helping Palestinians leave Gaza to another country willing to absorb them. The Security Cabinet has been communicating with numerous Middle East countries, but not a single one has been found willing to help the Palestinians get out of the overcrowded, war-torn Hamas terrorist haven. 

Israel has even put in place a plan to allow Gazans to use an Israel Air Force base in the south of the country to fly the emigrants out of the country, but since no other country has been willing to receive them, the plan has yet to be implemented. The large number of emigrants leaving Gaza do so of their own accord once they find a country willing to absorb them.

In a similar effort, the Alliance for Israel Advocacy (AIA), a Messianic Jewish lobby located in Washington, has been pushing a plan to offer young Palestinians living in the biblical territories of Judea and Samaria significant financial incentives to relocate to another country, thereby creating a majority of Jewish residents in the disputed areas. Today, there are about 2.5 million Palestinian Arabs living in Judea and Samaria, while approximately 380,000 Israeli settlers reside there. “Over 10 years, by helping fund economic opportunities outside the land, there could be approximately one million Palestinians and one million Jews living in Judea and Samaria, creating a whole new reality on the ground,” Paul Liberman, Executive Director for AIA, told Israel Today. 

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