Suleiman claimed Egypt wants Gaza to go “hungry” and that he would welcome IDF invasion of Philadelphi Route

Meanwhile, the Egyptians continue to offer excuses for the problem they face: the need to “squeeze” Hamas, while avoiding being seen as complicit in Israel’s “siege” of Gaza. Egyptian General Intelligence Chief Omar Soliman told us Egypt wants Gaza to go “hungry” but not “starve.” Minister of Defense Field Marshal Tantawi and the Director of Military Intelligence MG Mowafy both pressed recently for the return of EUBAM monitors to oversee the crossing between Gaza and Egypt of Palestinians with urgent humanitarian circumstances. In their moments of greatest frustration, Tantawi and Soliman each have claimed that the IDF would be “welcome” to re-invade Philadelphi, if the IDF thought that would stop the smuggling.

US Embassy in Cairo, 17 Dec. 2007

It’s like a meeting with a dietitian. We need to make the Palestinians lose weight, but not to starve to death.

Dov Weissglas, adviser to Israeli PM, 2006

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