In a recent interview, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated plans for Israel to maintain control over Gaza following its conflict with Hamas. Netanyahu's long-term strategy for Gaza, heavily damaged by Israeli airstrikes, suggests indefinite Israeli security control. This approach has raised questions about its feasibility and the role of the Palestinian Authority in the region's governance.
Since Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, it has retained control over most border crossings, airspace, and coastline. Discussions in the U.S. differ from Israel's position, focusing on the Palestinian Authority's central role in Gaza's future governance. Experts express skepticism about finding a cooperative partner for Israel's plan, with some viewing Netanyahu's strategy as influenced more by political necessities than constructive intentions.
The Biden administration is in talks about post-war governance in Gaza, emphasizing that Hamas should no longer control the area. Tzipi Livni, a veteran Israeli politician, suggested that Israel's objective might not involve reoccupying Gaza but ensuring operational freedom to protect its civilians from threats. This complex situation continues to evolve, with significant implications for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and regional stability.