CAIRO, (PIC)-- Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Abu Al-Ghait has described on Saturday the idea of sending Arab troops to control the Gaza Strip as an "attractive" idea that should be seriously taken into consideration.
According to Abu Al-Ghait, the presence of Arab troops in the tiny Gaza Strip would help prevent inter-Palestinian fighting, and it would serve as buffer between the Palestinians and the Israeli occupation army that, according to him, would give the Palestinians enough time to rebuild their capabilities inside the populated Strip.
The statements of Abu Al-Ghait harmonize with the call of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas who welcomed the idea of dispatching Arab troops into Gaza Strip.
Hamas Movement took over security in Gaza Strip after it succeeded in defeating elements of the mutiny trend in Fatah faction and the defunct PA security apparatuses that were working on command of the disgraced Fatah leader Mohammed Dahalan, and routed them out of Gaza Strip nearly 14 months ago, which was met with overwhelming popular support and satisfaction from the Strip's inhabitants.
The Egyptian official also opined that leaving the current Palestinian internal disputes unsolved would harm the Palestinian issue and would badly affect the Palestinian people.
"If the status quo in the Palestinian arena is prolonged, then a time when we would ask how the Palestinian cause was lost?… how the Palestinian state was lost?….and how the future of the Palestinian people was lost? would come", Abu Al-Ghait said in an press interview in the capital Cairo which is expected to be published on Sunday.
Hamas Movement and the rest of the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza Strip had repeatedly opposed sending any Arab or foreign troops into Gaza Strip, and vowed to deal with such troops as "occupation troops".
Furthermore, Abu Ghait clearly voiced out his government's opposition to Hamas's control over the Gaza Strip, and publicly supported the return of Abbas's Fatah authority to it.
"Gaza [Strip] is currently ruled by Hamas, which Egypt still considers as an abnormal situation as Egypt believes that the [Fatah-controlled] PA leadership [in Ramallah city] should return to control the Gaza Strip once again… There were many ideas that are suggested to achieve Palestinian national reconciliation", Abu Al-Ghait pointed out.
Hamas Movement led the PA unity government before Abbas abruptly dissolved it last year; and currently serves as a caretaker government in accordance with the Palestinian basic law.
According to local and foreign observers, Hamas Movement succeeded in efficiently steering security and day-to-day life matters of the 1.5 million Palestinians in the Strip despite the crippling Israeli economic siege on it for more than two years now.
Moreover, Abu Al-Ghait reiterated his government's adherence to the infamous crossings agreement that was signed by Dahalan and the Israeli occupation government on 2005 denying the Palestinians any authority over the Rafah crossing point ( the only exit that links the Gaza Strip with the rest of the world).
Abu-Ghait was once quoted as saying that Egypt would break the legs of any Palestinian who attempts to cross the Rafah gate without permit.