Last Thursday, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur published a statement by Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of Hamas’s political bureau in Gaza, taken from the Palestinian SamaNews website, which said: “Gaza was included in the Camp David [Accord] and there was then an opportunity to liberate Gaza with Sinai,” and added his regret at the missed opportunity, according to the news agency. He went on: “If that had happened, Gaza would now have been liberated and under Egyptian administration, as it used to be.”
The Palestinian file has a special and unique nature, particularly when we look at how those involved with this deal with the issue, let alone with each other.Bakir Oweida
This is an important statement in many aspects. First, saying that the Camp David Accord contained an article stipulating the withdrawal of Israel from Gaza, allowing Egypt to return to administer it as was the case until June 5, 1967 war, is a statement that needs to be checked. This prompted me to go back to the text of the agreement, but I did not find the evidence for Abu Marzouk’s claims- apart from that the preamble which referred to Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.