Israel has been annexing and occupying lands and displacing as many Palestinians as possible under the pretext of preserving its security and protection Settlements At the expense of the original owners of the land, which is what it is currently doing Gaza strip Under the pretext of establishing a security buffer zone.
Throughout its history, Israel has relied on weak security arguments to pass expansion plans, and it is still practicing the same action despite the blow it received at the hands of the resistance on the seventh of last October.
Israel's talks about the necessity of establishing a zone in Gaza revealed the expansion plans that were inherent in it, to annex part of the Strip, whose area does not exceed 365 square kilometers and is inhabited by about 2.2 million people, and is described as the largest open prison in the world.
According to a report prepared by Abdel Qader Arada for Al Jazeera, since October 7, Israel has begun systematic destruction of thousands of homes, infrastructure, and factories near the separation fence, while Yedioth Ahronoth says that the goal is to establish a buffer zone whose depth ranges between 1 and 1 inch. .5 square kilometers.
To achieve this goal, Israel is trying to swallow 20% of the Gaza Strip’s areaEthnically cleansed To occupy it permanently after the end of the war, according to the newspaper.
It is expected that the new buffer strip will include fixed and mobile military barracks, military roads, surveillance tools, fortifications, and a different defense concept.
The Israeli army is working to blow up entire neighborhoods at a rapid pace, in addition to seizing agricultural land and turning it into a high security zone, especially in the north.
The United Nations Satellite Center published a map showing that about 37% of agricultural lands in the northern Gaza Strip, and about 27% in the Gaza Governorate, were damaged during the past two months.
A Time Lapse video shows the change in the shape of the land and the buildings and agricultural land on it in central and southern Gaza due to Israeli operations and preparations for the buffer zone.
The United Nations rapporteur on housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, described what Israel is doing as “property clearing along the border in the Gaza Strip, and the systematic destruction of Palestinian homes that could constitute a war crime.”
The New York Times also quoted Israeli officials as saying that the goal of the buffer zone is to make it difficult to repeat an attack similar to the attacks of last October 7, when the border fence and the technology that had been developed in the face of resistance attacks collapsed.
The dilemma appears to be in providing what Israel says is security for the strategic towns on the Gaza border – many of which are settlements and military sites – and encouraging the return of their residents to their homes by creating a new reality in about 58 towns that constitute… Gaza cover.
However, estimates and analyzes agree that any plan to establish a security buffer zone in the Gaza Strip is futile and will not provide security, but rather will plunge Israel into a quagmire of fighting.
They cite Israel's experience in Lebanon, when it evacuated an area 15 kilometers deep in 2000, after years of attacks launched by it. Hizb allah.
In turn, the United States confirmed – through its Minister of Foreign Affairs Anthony Blinken– It rejected any Israeli plan to create a buffer zone in the Gaza Strip, or any permanent change in the geographical situation there, and considered it a violation of international law.