Senior US officials – aid tied to Gaza exodus

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WASHINGTON – Senior US officials submitted a plan to the US Congress considering the need for collective responsibility among regional countries like Turkey, Yemen, and Iraq, recipients of substantial US aid, are urged to contribute by accepting a proportionate number of refugees from Gaza. The proposed figures include one million in Egypt, half a million in Turkey, 250,000 in Iraq, and another 250,000 in Yemen, Israel Hayom reported on Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

The plan aims to leverage American aid as a catalyst for addressing the plight of Gaza's residents. Key figures in both the House and Senate, including Representative Joe Wilson, have shown support, while others remain cautious about publicly endorsing the program.

The architects of the plan argue that, faced with the challenge of minimizing civilian casualties in Gaza, the current situation is untenable. They contend that Hamas is preventing refugees from leaving, and Egypt's closed borders exacerbate the crisis. The proposed solution? Redirect a portion of the $1.3 billion US foreign aid to Egypt, allowing Gaza's refugees a path to safety.

They continue: "The neighboring borders have been closed for too long, but it is now clear that in order to free the Gazan population and to allow them to live free of war and bloodshed, Israel must encourage the international community to find the correct, moral and humane avenues for the relocation of the Gazan population."

Highlighting global precedents, the plan draws attention to the acceptance of refugees by countries like Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic during the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the substantial resettlement efforts in the wake of the Syrian civil war.

However, the Biden administration, while opposing forced removal, remains open to voluntary migration for Gaza residents. In a critical assessment, the plan criticizes The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), for perpetuating the conflict. In contrast, it praises The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for its global resettlement efforts. The document's authors argue for the closure of UNRWA, attributing its practices to hindering the rehabilitation of Palestinian refugees over the past seventy years.

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