Israeli Legislators: Western Nations Should ‘Welcome Gaza Refugees’

In a bold demonstration of chutzpah, two current members of Israel’s legislature took to the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages to declare that Western countries should start taking Gaza refugees. This comes as Israel is methodically destroying much of the densely-populated territory that’s home to some 2 million Palestinians, following the stunning and  vicious Oct. 7 attack by the militant arm of Hamas, which rules Gaza.

“It is imperative that the international community explore potential solutions to help civilians caught in the crisis,” wrote Danny Danon and Ram Ben-Barak. Danon is a member of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party, while Ben-Barak is a member of the center-left Yesh Atid. The Times of Israel hailed their joint call to export Israel’s problems as “a rare display of cross-party solidarity.” 

Writing as if they’re spontaneously brainstorming, Danon and Ben-Barak say that “one idea is for countries around the world to accept limited numbers of Gazan families who have expressed a desire to relocate.”

Knesset legislator Danny Danon served five years as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations (via Aish)

Danon and Ben-Barak — who led the Mossad from 2009 to 2011 — cite various historical examples of Western European countries and the United States opening the door to refugees displaced by war, and then declare that “organizations with experience settling refugees should facilitate the relocation of Gaza residents who wish to move to countries willing to accept them…Even if countries took in as few as 10,000 people each, it would help alleviate the crisis.”

Scooping up Palestinian refugees from Gaza would also advance a goal of many Israelis — to ethnically cleanse the territory and allow Israel to readmit settlers, after having removed them in 2005. Such a cleansing goal isn’t a conspiracy theory from the fringes of the internet: Last month, a leaked document drafted by Israel’s intelligence ministry proposed forcing the population of Gaza into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. 

While ZeroHedge isn’t able to verify it, this week a video circulated on social media purporting to show Israel Defense Forces soldiers in Gaza declaring they are on a mission of “conquering, expelling and settling.” 

As Dave DeCamp notes at, “the op-ed drew praise from Bezalel Smotrich, an extremist settler who leads the Religious Zionist party and is Israel’s finance minister.” Smotrich, who has called for Israel to annex the West Bank while barring Palestinians from citizenship, said relocation of refugees was the final “only solution that will bring to an end the suffering and pain of Jews and Arabs alike…Israel will no longer be able to put up with the existence of an independent entity in Gaza.”

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