January 4, 2024
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant attended Thursday Gaza’s “post-war” planAccording to this, there will be neither “Hamas” nor “Israeli civilian authorities” in the Palestinian territories.
Galante briefed the media on the broad outlines of the plan before presenting it to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet, which has been divided in recent weeks. The course of the war against Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
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According to the plan, operations in the area “will continue” to “returning hostages” and “disrupting Hamas’s military and government capabilities” and “removing the military threat from the Gaza Strip.”
According to the plan, which has not yet been adopted by the government, another phase will follow, “the second day” of the war, when “Hamas will not control Gaza.”
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National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gweil on Monday called for the return He called for Jewish settlers to come to Gaza after the war and to “encourage” Palestinians to immigrate, following a similar call by his far-right colleague Bezalel Smotrich.
But Galante said Thursday “Once the war objectives are achieved, there will no longer be an Israeli civilian presence in the Gaza Strip.”Although he clarified that the military would retain “freedom of movement” in the territory to deal with any threats.
“The inhabitants of Gaza are Palestinians. Therefore, Palestinian entities will be responsible (for management), provided there are no hostile actions or threats against the State of Israel,” Galante added.
However, he did not specify which Palestinians would rule the territory of 2.4 million residents.
The defense secretary’s plan comes on the eve of a visit to the Middle East by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aimed at containing the spread of the war between Israel and Hamas.