kemet symposium on the israeli aggression on gaza and future scenarios

Cairo - Egypt | Monday, December 04, 2023:

Amr Moussa, former Foreign Minister and former Secretary-General of the Arab League, said that Israel has so far suffered a major strategic loss due to the war in Gaza, and that after the efforts it has made over the past years to remove the Palestinian issue, and talk about peace for peace, not peace for land, the events of October 7 came to blow all of that up and return the Palestinian issue to the forefront.

He added during the symposium "The Israeli Aggression on Gaza and Future Scenarios", organized by the Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge, that the image of the invincible Israeli military force is no longer accurate.

Pointing out that many circles have reached the conviction that Israel knew that Hamas was planning something but looked at the matter with contempt, and that Israeli policy has reached a list of convictions, including that there is no place for a Palestinian state, and that the Palestinian territories must be emptied of their inhabitants and settlements must be spread, and therefore Operation "Noah's Flood" was a turning point, because it not only disrupted Israeli normalization plans, but also disrupted giant economic projects that did not take Arab interests into account. He said that the world is changing and the Middle East is changing in the true sense of the word.

He said that Egypt is surrounded by countries suffering from instability, whether in Libya or Sudan, and the Red Sea region, in addition to projects that are trying to penetrate the Middle East. He called for us to be highly aware and cautious, and to discuss the threats directed at Egypt, and pointed out that Israel would not have been able to do what it did had it not been for the absence or absence of the Security Council, and pointed out the need for a new situation, as it is not possible to think, for example, of peace negotiations in which Netanyahu is at the head of the negotiating delegation, and an end must be put to the Palestinian division.

He said that the Arab position needs to be controlled, as does the Palestinian position. He said that Israel is no longer safe from the threat, not from regular armies, but from armed groups that may repeat their attacks. He added that the Egyptian position of rejecting the forced displacement of Palestinians is very important and has received clear popular support.

For his part, Mamdouh Abbas, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge, stressed the importance of Palestine and its position as a pivotal Arab issue historically and politically. He added in his speech during the symposium, which was delivered on his behalf by Ambassador Laila Bahaa El-Din, Executive Director of the Foundation, that everyone was surprised by the size and nature of what happened on October 7 in terms of the efficiency of planning and implementation of the operation carried out by the Palestinian resistance, and that the position of the United States and Western countries supporting Israel has taken on an extremely ugly dimension, in light of their continued support for Israel without any conditions or controls.

He explained that there are many questions, especially since it is difficult to imagine how things will develop in light of the ongoing military conflict, and he said that it is difficult to imagine peace with the Netanyahu government, especially with the far-right Likud Party and the coalition that rules Israel, and it is also difficult to imagine things in Gaza returning to what they were, or to imagine a repeat of the 1948 Nakba, as it is difficult to imagine the image of the final solution that gives the Palestinian people the right to self-determination, pointing out that the only positive thing that resulted from these events is the return of awareness of the Palestinian cause, which some thought had died and been buried, and the new generations of youth and even children of Egypt and the Arab world are learning about it, in addition to the expansion of solidarity among large sectors of the peoples of the world. Dr. Ali El-Din Hilal, the former Minister of Youth, commented by saying that the Palestinian resistance has achieved great gains, the most important of which is the strategic surprise and creating a rift in the Israeli security and military establishment. He said that talking about the future in the midst of the ongoing war seems difficult, because it is linked to the outcome of the war and the calculations of gain and loss for each party, and that the question raised in light of the blatant imbalance in favor of the Israeli military force, is about the extent of the steadfastness of the Palestinian resistance, and the most important question is how long can Israel continue fighting, not militarily, but politically. Especially in light of the change in the Western tone in continuing unlimited support for it, and in light of the existing threat on Israel's northern borders due to Hezbollah, and he said that the ongoing war may create an opportunity to move to resolve the Palestinian issue, and the Arabs must put forward their visions. He added that the current war has once again demonstrated Egypt's status and diplomatic weight. As for the thinker Dr. Mustafa Al-Fiqi, he stressed that the Palestinian people have an unprecedented sense of self-confidence, and are in a psychological position that allows them to speak moderately, and added that no one can outbid the Palestinian constants, and there must be a degree of flexibility, especially since the international circumstances are very favorable, and that Israel paid the price for the current confrontation. He said that the current crisis is an opportunity for Egypt to make its voice heard to the world, and that the current developments prove that there is a need for an Egyptian role. For his part, Dr. Abdel Moneim Saeed explained that Egypt faces a grave danger represented by the Palestinians being pushed towards the Egyptian borders, and said that there is another danger represented by the security of navigation in the Red Sea, because the Houthi attacks are expanding, which may affect the Suez Canal, and pointed to the expansion of Iranian influence in the region, and said that it is playing its cards skillfully, and that the war has affected Israel, as for the first time there are Israeli refugees inside Israel, and there are nearly a million people unemployed, adding that the crisis will be long this time, and we must protect Egypt from any threat.