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Monday, 28 January 2008

Escape from Gaza or voluntary transfer?

Forget everything you've read about the “Great Escape” from Gaza. It's all rubbish. The whole farce was probably cooked up in an Israeli think tank as way to rid Palestine of its indigenous people.

Here's an excerpt from the Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva which explains the real motive behind the incident: “MK [Israeli Knesset member] Aryeh Eldad is hailing the Arab exodus to Egypt as proof that voluntary transfer is indeed an option.”

“'The Israeli left continues to claim that there is no such thing as voluntary transfer, and simply ignores reality,' Eldad said." [Arutz Sheva]

Voluntary transfer. Bingo.

So the fleeing Palestinians just walked into a trap. Now they've been banished to Egypt by their own volition. Will they be allowed to return? We'll see.

The media has played a predictable role in the Gaza fiasco, trying to make it look like Hamas' "terrorist masterminds" struck a major blow against Israel. It's just a way of diverting attention from Israel's role in the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Here's the way Ha'aretz summed it up: “Hamas chalked up a real coup. Not only did the organization demonstrate once again that it is a disciplined, determined entity, and an opponent that is exponentially more sophisticated than the Palestine Liberation Organization.Online Journal