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How to turn Israel over to Gaza - some questions

Reader comment on item: How to Turn Gaza Over to Egypt

Submitted by Josh K (United States), Feb 7, 2008 at 07:17

As always, loved your column. I agree that if Israel could ‘dump' Gaza onto Egypt, it would be the best thing for it. The only questions are A) How good would Mubarak really be at policing Gaza and preventing the type of lawlessness that is present there now. B) Would Gaza becomes a de-facto part of Egypt, or will they turn the fight against Egypt as well in the name of ‘Palestinian Nationalism'. C) What would Israel's options be when the missiles are still falling with Egypt in control? I don't suppose they could shoot missiles at cars and rocket launching crews like they do now.

What would be the effect of this on the ‘West Bank'? Do you really believe that Israel could somehow pawn it off on Jordan minus the Jordan Valley? I don't see how this would be in Jordan's interest at all except perhaps for some more direct control over the Temple Mount although one wonders if they would be more amenable to being more reasonable than the current Waqf in terms of granting more rights to Jews who want to go up there. I dont see why Jordan would want to bring extra 'Palestinians' under its fold.

I am curious to hear your thoughts, if you have time to share. Thank you for reading my own.

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A) - I have no doubt that the Egyptian government can control Gaza.

B) - I do not know. But Palestinian nationalism is a fragile notion that could well be undone after some period of time in Gaza as it remains a part of Egypt.

C) - For rockets to come out of Egyptian-controlled territory would be a very, very serious offence with potentially region-wide consequences. I believe the Mubarak regime would avoid this option.

The impact on the West Bank is unclear; but Gaza under Cairo's control would surely have some implications there too.

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