A leaked document from Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence has revealed Israel’s plans to expel thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to Egypt.
The 10-page document is dated Oct. 13, six days after Israel declared war on Hamas following the Palestinian militant group’s surprise attack on Israel which killed 1,400 Israelis.
The document has been confirmed by officers from Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence.
In the document, the intelligence ministry provides different options “to effect a significant change in the civilian reality in the Gaza Strip in light of the Hamas crimes that led to the Sword of Iron war”, according to AP.
A week after the Hamas attack, Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence issued a secret ten-page document outlining the expulsion of the Palestinian population of Gaza to northern Sinai, in Egypt:— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 30, 2023
1. Instruct Palestinian civilians to vacate north Gaza ahead of land operations;
Among the options proposed are the replacement of Hamas with a “local Arab authority” or the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank.
The third option – which the document said was the most favorable for Israel – suggested expelling Palestinian civilians in Gaza to Egypt.
It proposed the government first instruct Palestinian civilians to vacate north Gaza ahead of land operations.
This has already happened as Israel instructed 1.1 million Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate south “for their safety” on Oct. 12.
The next step is to launch sequential land operations from north to south Gaza to occupy the whole of the Gaza Strip, which Israel also begun on Oct. 27
The third step is to ensure routes across the Rafah crossing along the border between and Gaza and Egypt to be left clear.
This has also started happening after Palestinians with foreign passports and those who are seriously injured were allowed to cross into Egypt on Wednesday Nov. 1.
The final step is to establish tent cities in Egypt’s northern Sinai and construct cities to resettle Palestinians in Egypt.
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has downplayed the report, telling AP that the report was a non-biding “concept paper”.