Eitan: Egypt, Jordan may control Gaza, W. Bank

Pensioners' affairs minister: Nations may need to temporarily rule territories due to PA's inability to fight terror.

rafi eitan 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
rafi eitan 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Egypt and Jordan may have to temporarily take control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank due to the Palestinian leadership's inability to curb terror activity in its territories, Pensioners' Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan, a member of the security cabinet, said on Tuesday. "The Palestinians don't have the internal ability to overpower the terrorist bodies within them. More and more, the Palestinians are losing their ability and entitlement to [establish] an independent Palestinian state," Eitan told Army Radio. Eitan's statements come at a time when Egypt and Jordan are becoming more involved in providing for the needs of the Palestinian population. Egypt is reportedly considering supplying the besieged Gaza Strip with electricity. Meanwhile, the West Bank town of Jericho was recently connected to the Jordanian electric grid, for the first time since the Six Day War. Egypt has also found it difficult to maintain the integrity of its border with Gaza, with hundreds of thousands of Palestinians crossing unchecked between the two territories over a period of 12 days in January and February.