Tue 05 Dec 2023 7:44 am - Jerusalem Time
Politico: An American plan for the future of Gaza after the war
The American newspaper "Politico" reported that officials in the White House, State Department, and other agencies, led by the White House coordinator for Middle East affairs, spent weeks formulating this plan, which includes increasing Washington's security aid to the Palestinian Authority.
High-level American officials unveiled the plan of the administration of US President Joe Biden for the post-war period in the Gaza Strip, as the plan was drawn up by a special team led by the White House coordinator for Middle East affairs.
The American newspaper "Politico" reported that officials in the White House, State Department, and other agencies, led by the White House Coordinator for Middle East Affairs, spent weeks formulating this plan, which includes increasing Washington's security aid to the Palestinian Authority and granting a greater role to the American security coordinator in the region.
According to the American plan, there is a need for an international force to achieve stability immediately after the fighting stops, followed by the assumption of “renewed” Palestinian authority in the long term.
Politico quoted a US State Department official as saying that the Palestinian Authority faces great challenges in terms of “legitimacy and capabilities,” as he put it.
According to a senior American official, what remains unknown is the size of the Hamas movement that will remain in Gaza after the war.
He pointed out that despite the efforts made, the US administration was unable to push Israeli leaders towards a meaningful discussion of the shape of Gaza after the war, stressing that there is no talk of restricting US military aid as a means of pressure on Israel.
Politico noted that although Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and others in the Biden administration announced that the “revitalized” Palestinian Authority should manage the sector, they did not reveal the details of how this would be accomplished, and Tel Aviv expressed its opposition and ruled out the matter.
The American newspaper quoted a senior official in the Biden administration as saying, “In the end, we want to have a Palestinian security structure in Gaza after the conflict.”
The White House did not issue official confirmation of the plan, the features and details of which were revealed.
Although the Biden administration faces mounting internal opposition due to its support for the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, the US President has confirmed more than once his willingness to send more military resources to Israel.
Biden said in his statements that Washington stands by and supports Israel, and is ready to meet all of Tel Aviv’s needs necessary to “defend itself,” as he put it.