BACKGROUND AND ALLEGATIONS
On January 3, 2023, the newspaper published a news article titled "Israel is in talks with Congo and other countries on 'voluntary exodus' plan from Gaza". The article stated that the evacuation of Palestinians from Gaza and their gradual resettlement in different countries has become the official policy of the government.
In this context, "Binyamin Netanyahu's war coalition is in secret talks with Congo, among other countries, to accept thousands of refugees from Gaza." "Congo will be willing to receive migrants and we are in talks with others," a senior source in the security cabinet was quoted as saying.
Some Palestinian news outlets, citing Israeli media, reported that Rwanda was among the countries with which Tel Aviv was in talks.
Rwanda made a statement on the allegations raised by the Israeli media and shared on social media. Rwanda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement that reports in the Israeli media about Rwanda's negotiations with Israel for the transfer of Gazans were "completely false". "There have been no such talks now or in the past. This disinformation should not be listened to," the statement said.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) denied the claim in the Israeli press that "Israel has started negotiations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Palestinian refugees."
"Contrary to media reports, there have been no negotiations, discussions or initiatives between the DRC and Israel on the reception of Palestinian refugees on the territory of the DRC," Government Spokesperson Patrick Muyaya said on his social media account.
SET OF FINDINGS
Rwanda and Congo have denied the allegations circulated by the Israeli media.
Rwanda and Congo have denied allegations that they are negotiating with Israel over the displacement of Gazans.