Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant reveals his plan for post-war Gaza

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Israeli Defense Minister reveals plan for post-war Gaza

Israel would reserve its right to operate within the territory, the plan states.

Tel Aviv, Israel:

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Thursday presented his plan for the post-war administration of the Gaza Strip, saying that neither Hamas nor Israel would govern the Palestinian territory once hostilities there end.

Gallant revealed to the press an outline of his plan for the “day after” of the war before presenting it to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet, which has been divided in recent weeks over the future of Gaza following the overthrow of Hamas. , who has governed the strip since 2007.

Under the plan, Israel’s war in the territory will continue until it has secured the return of the hostages taken on October 7, dismantled Hamas’ “military and governance capabilities” and eliminated any remaining military threats.

After that, the outline says, a new phase will begin during which “Hamas will not control Gaza and will not pose a threat to the security of the citizens of Israel,” with local Palestinian bodies assuming governance of the territory.

Israel would reserve its right to operate within the territory, the plan states, but there would be “no Israeli civilian presence in the Gaza Strip once the war objectives have been achieved.”

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on Monday called for the return of Israeli settlers to the territory after the war and a “solution to encourage emigration” of Gaza’s Palestinian population, echoing similar comments by the Finance Minister of the extreme right, Bezalel Smotrich.

The calls had drawn condemnation from Arab states as well as their key ally, the United States.

“The residents of Gaza are Palestinians, so Palestinian bodies will be in charge, on the condition that there are no hostile actions or threats against the State of Israel,” Gallant’s outline says.

“The entity that controls the territory will take advantage of the capabilities of the existing administrative mechanism (civil committees) in Gaza,” he adds.

Washington has suggested that Gaza be governed by a “revitalized” Palestinian Authority, based in the occupied West Bank.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said any eventual agreement must involve “a political solution for all of Palestine,” not just Gaza.

“[Israel] wants to politically separate Gaza from the West Bank,” Shtayyeh said.

“I don’t think Israel is going to leave Gaza very soon. I think Israel is going to create its own civil administration that will function under the command of the Israeli occupation army. And therefore, the ‘day after’ question is not clear yet.” .

Gallant’s plan comes on the eve of a visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is traveling to the Middle East to push for more humanitarian aid for Gaza and prevent any regional escalation of the conflict.

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