Most likely the best solution available. The Arab populations that inhabit the disputed territories of Gaza and the West Bank, have never had an affinity for each other, perhaps it’s high time to cut the charade. Daniel Pipes offers not only a lesson in history, but also a plausable way out of the dilemma currently facing both sides in the conflict.
Getting rid of Gaza would be a major relief for both Israel and the struggling PA. It would force the latter to step up to the plate, and take authority for the whole of what remains, while the former could concentrate on one entity in future negotiations. I agree with Pipes, that if Egypt took control of all of Gaza, the rocket attacks into Israel would stop immediately, with the Hamas being eventually forced to merge with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
What might Western states now do? The border breaching, ironically, offers an opportunity to clean up a mess. Washington and other capitals should declare the experiment in Gazan self-rule a failure and press President Husni Mubarak of Egypt to help, perhaps providing Gaza with additional land or even annexing it as a province. This would revert to the situation of 1948-67, except this time Cairo would not keep Gaza at arm’s length but take responsibility for it.
Culturally, this connection is a natural: Gazans speak a colloquial Arabic identical to the Egyptians of Sinai, have more family ties to Egypt than to the West Bank, and are economically more tied to Egypt (recall the many smugglers’ tunnels). Further, Hamas derives from an Egyptian organization, the Muslim Brethren. As David Warren of the Ottawa Citizen notes, calling Gazans “Palestinians” is less accurate than politically correct.
More here. *L* KGS