Gaza Seaport Aimed at 'Sending Palestinian Refugees to Europe,' Middle East Expert Says

Chris Menahan
Mar. 12, 2024

The "hidden objective" behind the planned US seaport in Gaza is to facilitate the mass migration of Palestinian refugees to Europe, according to a Jordanian military and strategic affairs expert.

From Anadolu Agency, "US port plans in Gaza have 'hidden objectives': Expert":
Since the outbreak of the war on Gaza on Oct. 7, 2023, US President Joe Biden and his administration have continued to demonstrate unwavering support for Israel, leading some critics to view Washington as a key player in the conflict.

However, a recent statement by Biden on Friday introduced a surprising development as he announced plans to direct the US military on an "emergency mission to establish a port in the Gaza Strip" to get humanitarian aid to the Palestinian enclave.

But observers see another aspect to the floating port, linked to encouraging voluntary Palestinian migration to Europe and eliminating the role of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, essentially placing Israel in control of all Gaza crossings and ending any Palestinian sovereignty over them.

'Hidden objectives'

Hisham Khreisat, a Jordanian military and strategic affairs expert, told Anadolu that "the floating port off the shores of Gaza is a humanitarian facade hiding voluntary migration to Europe."

"This military tactical port will receive Israeli approval because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking this idea since the beginning of the war, aiming for the voluntary displacement of Gazans and their flee to Europe," he added.

He considered the idea of ​​establishing the port "not new," pointing out that it is "an old subject raised 10 years ago."

"But Avigdor Lieberman (leader of the far-right 'Israel Our Home' party) failed the idea when he was the defense minister at the time, and Minister of Transportation Israel Katz then," he added.

The expert continued: "Katz re-proposed the idea again, reaching an agreement from Cyprus and Greece."
This lines up with the leaked plan from Israel's Intelligence Ministry which revealed the goal of their war with Gaza is to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian population and send the refugees to Europe and Canada.

The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom reported Monday that the US seaport plan is a ploy Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came up with five months ago to replace the UNRA and take pressure off Israel for starving the people of Gaza.

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