Israel has revealed a strategy aimed at gaining full control over Gaza following the conflict with Hamas.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled Israel’s post-conflict plans for Gaza, presenting a formal proposal to his war cabinet that diverges from the objectives outlined by the US.

The one-page document, released by his office overnight, does not incorporate any role for the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank-based opponents of Hamas favored by the US administration, and opposes unilateral international efforts toward recognizing a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu’s proposal includes the establishment of a significant security buffer within Gaza, a move at odds with the US stance.

Entitled “The Day After Hamas Principles,” the document reflects Netanyahu’s earlier statements on the issue and is structured around near, medium, and long-term phases for Gaza’s future.

In the near term, Israel plans to maintain its blockade of the territory and retain involvement in civilian matters, including police operations and educational curricula. This approach effectively combines elements of Israel’s historical occupation with the enduring blockade imposed shortly after the 2005 disengagement.

In the medium term, Israel aims to establish a “security area” along Gaza’s border, implement a comprehensive security barrier with Egypt to prevent weapons smuggling, and exert control over the strip’s land, sea, and airspace.

Regarding civilian affairs, Israel intends to permit only “local actors with management experience” to maintain public order, alluding to a diminished police force in Gaza.

While Israel’s plan contrasts with the US and EU’s vision, which advocates for Palestinian Authority control and eventual statehood, President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson criticized Netanyahu’s proposal, labeling it as a strategy to prolong Israel’s occupation.

Netanyahu disclosed the plan during the visit of Brett McGurk, the US Middle East envoy, although the US has not yet publicly responded.

The conflict has resulted in significant Palestinian casualties and extensive damage to Gaza’s infrastructure, with thousands believed to be buried under the rubble.

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