Egyptian President Suggests Demilitarized Future Palestinian State

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that a future Palestinian state could be demilitarized and have a temporary international security presence to provide guarantees to both it and to Israel.

Sisi mentioned, “We said that we are ready for this state to be demilitarized, and there can also be guarantees of forces, whether NATO forces, United Nations forces, or Arab or American forces until we achieve security for both states, the nascent Palestinian state and the Israeli state,” during a joint news conference in Cairo with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Sisi added that a political resolution requiring a Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, has not been achieved.

Arab nations have rejected proposals for an Arab force to provide security in the Gaza Strip after the end of Israel’s current military operation there against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2006.

Palestinians flee Gaza City, during a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, near Gaza City November 24, 2023. (credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS)

Jordan’s comments on the issue

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told reporters in London this week that Arab states would not want to go into a Gaza Strip that could be turned into a “wasteland” by Israel’s military offensive.

“What are the circumstances under which any of us would want to go and be seen as the enemy and be seen as having come to clean up Israel’s mess?” he said