Anan: "Israel has no right to interfere in decision to open the Rafah crossing"
CAIRO, GAZA: The Egyptian Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Sami Anan said that Israel has no right to interfere in the Egyptian decision to open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip.
Anan said in a statement he published Friday on his page on Facebook: “Israel has no right to interfere in the decision to open the Rafah crossing as this is an Egyptian-Palestinian affair.”
The Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi had stated earlier that Egypt was seeking to break the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and open the Rafah crossing fully in both directions within ten days, after the signing of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo.
The Foreign Ministry in Gaza, for its part, welcomed the Egyptian Foreign Minister’s statements which call for the complete lifting of the siege on Gaza and the full opening of the Rafah crossing.
In a statement on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said that it welcomed Arabi’s statement and hoped that it would be implemented on the ground as soon as possible, placing special emphasis on facilitating the travel of Gaza citizens in and out of the coastal strip.
It is time the Palestinians be allowed to run their own affairs, starting for controlling their own borders and air space, back on 2005 when Israel withdrew its army and settlers from Gaza, they disengaged from Gaza. They never have followed their obligations as an "occupier" power so they should completely liberate Gaza, from its siege and from the strangulation that has been subject since 2007.
The recent public reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah has taken the sleep from Israel, as she was promoting the division. Now with a unify Palestine we hope that the occupier forces will not have logs for their fire. As has been for the last 30 years. I think if you ask any Palestinians with all honesty they will tell you that there were better times when the former PLO Yasser Arafat was running the Public Affairs of Palestine. No to the end of his life, as he was trapped to a corner, the pressure from the world was to great to support and he end up his life confined in his headquarters in Ramallah..but that is another story.
For now, we need to press our leaders and the world to help Palestine to rebuild and attain Independence. It is Due