The British Financial Times newspaper said that Israel’s long-term strategy in… Gaza It remains shrouded in mystery for most Israelis, Palestinians, and even its closest allies in the United States, despite more than a month having passed since the devastating Israeli attack on the Strip.
The newspaper added that the ferocity that characterized Israel’s response to the Islamic Resistance Movement’s attack (agitation) on October 7 last year has exacerbated the lack of clarity regarding the future of Gaza after the war, as no one knows when or how it will end, and it is not clear what it means in practice to destroy an organization with its political and military arms that, over the past 16 years, has been an integral part of Management and public services system in Gaza.
Isolation of Gaza
However, the newspaper said that Israeli officials have indicated that Gaza will be isolated from Israel, and may be squeezed more than ever with new buffer zones and security barriers inside the Strip.
It quoted the Director of Regional Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Emile Hakim, as saying that thinking about “the next day” currently seems like an intentional or unintentional distraction from what is being done now, “because what Israel does now is what will determine what can be done the next day.”
With mounting international pressure for a ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave this week – the newspaper adds – the clearest indication yet of his government’s thinking regarding the immediate post-war period, saying that Israel “will do this indefinitely… bear security responsibility.” Comprehensive Gaza.
Israeli officials explain that this may include forces stationed in Gaza after the end of the war.
One of these senior officials says, “We will have to have our forces in different regions to enable operational flexibility. We all woke up on the seventh of last month to a new reality. This means for all of us not to think from the perspective of the past.”
Some in the Israeli security services believe that the situation is closer to the situation in parts of Occupied West Bank In the so-called “Area B,” where Israeli forces exercise security control alongside Palestinian civil authority, this is the most likely scenario.
But others on the Israeli right demanded that the occupation exercise more unrestricted control over Gaza, and even re-entry Israeli settlements – which most of the international community considers illegal – to the sector.
Members were introduced from Likud Party – led by Netanyahu – a draft law that would repeal legislation passed after Israel’s withdrawal in 2005, which prevents Israelis from entering Gaza.
“There is no status quo, and nothing is sacred,” Education Minister Yoav Kisch said earlier this week.
Such talk, along with Israel’s expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Gazans from the northern Gaza Strip, raised Palestinian fears that it would end up controlling the Gaza Strip.
Two conditions for the future
A senior Israeli official says, “I do not think we want to control two million Palestinians, and with regard to the future mechanisms for Gaza, whatever they may be, there are two conditions: the first is that there cannot be a Hamas presence under any circumstances, and the other is that we must maintain operational superiority.” .
In an attempt to calm the fears of the Palestinians and Washington’s Arab allies, the US Secretary of State specified Anthony Blinken This week, some standards for the US President’s administration joe biden The post-war regime in Gaza.
Blinken said, “There can be no re-occupation, and there cannot be any forced displacement of Palestinians from the Strip or reduction of Gaza’s territory, or any attempt to besiege it. Instead, Gaza and the West Bank must be reunited under the Palestinian Authority,” and the Financial Times comments. It is doubtful that this will be achieved.
Blinken suggested last week that the United Nations or a coalition of Arab countries could run Gaza for an interim period after the war before handing it over to an “effective and renewed” Palestinian Authority, but diplomats and regional officials are deeply skeptical.
A senior Palestinian official and Arab officials say the only viable option to neutralize Hamas’ ideology is to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.