The former Israeli prime minister intensifies Naftali Bennett His efforts in recent weeks to present his 10-point plan to blockade Gaza and end the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) in it and forced it to surrender.
Bennett (he assumed the position of Prime Minister between 2021 and 2022) proposes a detailed military plan for the Israeli army to fight inside the Gaza Strip, in a way that may differ from that currently planned by Israel’s leadership and army.
Bennett stresses, in his plan that he presented on the X website (formerly Twitter), that the Israeli army should not penetrate deeply into the Gaza Strip, but rather be satisfied with imposing a complete siege on the north of the Strip and creating a buffer zone on the border.
Bennett, who served in commando units in the 1990s, points out that this siege leads to suffocating Hamas fighters in tunnels until they are forced to surrender, a method followed by the Israeli army until now.
According to the proposed plan, the Israeli army will assume military control over the northern part of the Gaza Strip, divide the strip into two northern and southern regions, and define a demilitarized zone, a “security belt” (about two kilometers deep inside the Strip, which will be a permanent buffer zone).
One of the most prominent points of Bennett’s plan is the use of fuel weapons against Hamas fighters in the war, which according to him could last “between 6 months and 5 years.”
The French newspaper Le Figaro described the plan as a “political coup” away from the military aspect.
Ten point plan
These are the ten points that Bennett presented for his plan to eliminate Hamas:
- Surprise: That is, not going deeper into the Gaza Strip as Hamas expects, but rather imposing a complete siege on the northern Gaza Strip, draining and suffocating Hamas fighters in tunnels until they are forced to surrender.
- Establishing a new, permanent security strip 2 kilometers deep inside the strip territory along the Gaza border, through the use of massive firepower, ground forces and engineering where bulldozers simply level the area.
- The continued use of firepower against Hamas throughout the Strip. Israel is carrying out a continuous series of targeted ground operations with massive firepower to separate one neighborhood from another. There is no need to chase every Hamas member from tunnel to tunnel.
- Gazans remain in the southern half of the Strip or outside the Strip until the end of the war: when Hamas unilaterally disarms and releases all prisoners. Countries around the world can take in refugees – temporarily, of course – until Hamas surrenders and the war ends. Between 6 months and 5 years.
- Only in the southern Gaza Strip are humanitarian corridors allowed for the entry of water, food and medicine.
- Do not allow any drop of fuel to enter the entire sector. Without fuel, there are no tunnels because there is no ventilation or lighting inside them, and Hamas fighters will be forced to surrender.
- Strategic patience and making the passage of time work in Israel’s favor.
- After the initial ground operations, 250,000 of the 350,000 reservists must be demobilized in order to relieve economic and civilian pressures and restore order in the economy and life.
- Any country in the world that expresses pain about the situation of the displaced in the southern Gaza Strip is invited to host the refugees temporarily (Scotland, Egypt, Turkey, and others).
- Avoid collateral damage as much as possible, which could lead to the Israeli operation being halted before Hamas surrender is achieved.
“Features” of the plan
As for the former Prime Minister, one of the features of his plan is the resourcefulness, as this plan was not expected or prepared by Hamas.
As well as significantly reducing the chances of Hezbollah getting involved in the conflict because it has no specific reason to go to war, in addition to keeping Israeli forces “ready and free to strike Lebanon.”
One of the advantages that Bennett is counting on is “shifting the lever of pressure to Israel and putting the Hamas leadership in a dilemma.”
Bennett asserts that this plan represents a “permanent political line of defense.” Until the Israelis return home, the people of Gaza will not return home either. Everyone is returning to their homes together: Israeli prisoners are returning to Israel, and families from Gaza will not return until Hamas leaves, as he put it.