Although fighting rages in Gaza City, talks on the next day have already begun – Israel and Hamas’ intentions and the role of the US
A month after Hamas’s surprise invasion of Israel, clashes are raging in central Gaza with the death toll exceeding 10,569, according to Hamas’ health ministry, including 4,324 children. At the same time, Mri talks about the next day in Gaza they have already started with the scenarios of what the future will be in this small piece of land to vary.
The discussion for the next day was opened by the American Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken after his tour of the countries of the Middle East with a central message that various alternative solutions can be discussed, excluding, however, two extreme scenarios: the remaining of Hamas in power and the recapture of the Strip by Israel.
Despite the fact that the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have a different opinion as he announced in a speech that “Israel will have overall responsibility for security (in Gaza) indefinitely”, such a scenario is not considered feasible. Israel’s cooperation with a multinational peacekeeping force that would come to Gaza after the end of the war and with an important role of the Arab states could be considered feasible. However, Arab leaders made clear to Anthony Blinken their reluctance to appear as collaborators with the Israeli occupation, prompting Israel to back down from such a scenario.
“It’s too early to talk about ‘day after’ scenarios after Hamas”said today, Wednesday, the representative of the Israeli government, Eilon Levi. “I would like the ‘day after Hamas’ to be next week, but it will probably take longer”he added, showing signs of backing down from such a scenario.
“We are exploring many possibilities in cooperation with our international partners,” the spokesman continued, stressing that “the common denominator” is that Gaza should be demilitarized so that it never happens again “nest of terrorism”.
Israel has no intention of recapturing the Gaza Strip or putting it under its control “for a long time,” a senior Israeli official told reporters in Washington late Tuesday night, provided that remain anonymous.
“We believe our current operations are efficient and successful and we will continue the pressure,” he said and added “It will not be indefinitely, nor forever” he added.
Hamas: Our goal is a permanent war with Israel
Her their unwillingness to govern in the Gaza Strip expressed today in an interview with the New York Times, members of Hamas. As they said their goal is not to rule in Gaza, but to “change the whole equation” and refocus attention on the Palestinian issue.
It was necessary to “change the whole equation and not just have a conflict,” Khalil al-Haya, a member of Hamas’ top leadership, told The New York Times in Doha, Qatar. “We managed to put the Palestinian issue back on the table and now nobody in the region has peace of mind.”
“The goal of Hamas is not to run Gaza and bring it water and electricity and things like that,” al-Haya underlined and adds: “This battle was not because we wanted fuel or workers. It is not being done to improve the situation in Gaza. This battle is for the complete reversal of the situation.”
From the side of Taher El-Nunou, a Hamas media adviser said: “I hope that the war with Israel will become permanent on all borders and that the Arab world will stand by us.”
The administration of the Strip in the Palestinian Authority
One third scenario which is discussed is the handing over the administration of the Strip to the Palestinian Authority, which will cooperate with Israel in the field of security as is the case in the West Bank. Although Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Stageh categorically rejected this version, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed a different view by telling Blinken that he would be willing to take over Gaza if the political process to create an independent state was set in motion.
USA: Too early to develop a governance plan
However, the USA, for its part, expressed the opinion that it is still too early to formulate a governance plan for Gazathe White House said Wednesday, as Israel continues an aggressive ground offensive.
The representative of the National Security Council John Kirby repeated today the comments of the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenthat Israel cannot occupy Gaza, but “perhaps there will be a need for some transitional period at the end of the conflict’.
“Governance in Gaza should be something we all think carefully about here after the conflict. Obviously, we cannot have what was on October 6 with Hamas in control.” Kirby said in an interview with CNN.
“It would be a mistake for Israel to try to reoccupy Gaza. There will have to be a different solution, a different set of governance and governance principles, and we will have to work with our partners to figure that out.” he added.
Kirby also acknowledged that there will be a period after the conflict ends “where Israeli forces will likely still be in Gaza and have some initial security responsibilities,” but he said it was too early to predict the duration and scale of those responsibilities.
“There will be important talks with partners in the region” clarified.
“We know what we don’t want to see in Gaza after the conflict. We don’t want to see Hamas in control. We don’t want to see a reoccupation by Israel… We should have diplomatic talks with people in the region to figure that out.” ended up
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