Mubarak reveals Netanyahu proposed resettling Palestinians in Sinai

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters outside the area where he is hospitalized during his birthday at Maadi military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo on May 4, 2015. (Reuters)

A leaked audio recording of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak revealed that current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was behind the proposal to resettle Palestinians in Sinai to decrease the population density in the Gaza Strip.

According to the recording, which was leaked by the Facebook page entitled ‘Asfeen Ya Rayes’ (We're Sorry, Mr. President), he was sitting with Netanyahu when the latter proposed transferring Palestinians to an area near Gaza.

Netanyahu, who had a map with him, pointed where they would be moved to and when Mubarak realized that he meant Sinai, he clearly told him “to forget about it,” adding that this move may cause a new war between them.

Mubarak noted that Netanyahu was testing the waters when he made that suggestion.

The former president issued a statement on Wednesday denying western media reports that he accepted to resettle Palestinians in Sinai.

He added that he and his generation fought to restore Egyptian lands occupied in 1967 and he will thus never give up any inch of Egypt.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50