Thu 16 May 2024 8:29 am - Jerusalem Time

A public confrontation between the leaders of the Israeli government over the “next day” in the Gaza Strip

For the first time since the start of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip on October 7, the differences between the leaders of the Israeli government have come to light, foretelling a major political crisis that may lead to the disintegration of the government.

These disagreements come in light of the increasing number of dead and wounded among the ranks of the occupation army with the intensification of battles on the fighting axes in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indirectly criticized the army, and said: “It is not possible to develop or implement political plans and arrangements for what is described in Israel as (the day after) the war it is waging on the Gaza Strip, as long as the Hamas movement militarily controls the besieged Strip, which He has been exposed to a devastating war for more than seven months.

During a press conference held by Israeli Occupation Security Minister Yoav Galant, he rejected any military or civilian rule for the Gaza Strip, calling on Netanyahu to develop a “next day” plan in the Strip, in which Israel would not be in control there.

Galant urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take decisions that would allow finding authoritarian alternatives to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, warning that refraining from doing so would mean the movement’s continued control over the Gaza Strip or might push Israel to impose military rule in the Strip, which has been subjected to an Israeli war for 222 days.

Gallant launched a sharp attack on Netanyahu, considering that the latter is evading taking decisions regarding “finding a local civilian alternative that is not hostile to Israel and not linked to the Hamas movement” for civilian control of the Gaza Strip in parallel with military operations targeting the movement and other resistance factions in the besieged Strip, in an attempt to undermine The movement’s control over the sector.

Galant stressed that the military plans drawn up by the army and approved by Netanyahu include finding an alternative to govern the Gaza Strip civilianly, at a time when the occupation army is working to strike Hamas militarily, stressing that he demanded that this issue be examined to make decisions within the framework of the expanded and mini-cabinet, but he was rejected. .

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (“Kan 11”) reported yesterday evening that Gallant was threatening to resign from his position as Minister of Security if Israel took control of the Gaza Strip, and reported that Gallant “believes that the government’s current behavior has led to a situation that forces Israel to control the Gaza Strip, and that "This situation is very dangerous and he will not be allowed to continue in his position."

In turn, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir launched a sharp attack on Gallant, describing him as a minister of “defeatist perception,” and said: “He does not distinguish between the Israeli army’s control or the Hamas sector’s control of the Gaza Strip,” in a brief statement issued by him after the press conference that took place. Gallant convened it, and Ben Gvir called for Gallant's dismissal in a way that would allow "the war objectives to be achieved."

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich also demanded that Netanyahu give Gallant a choice between implementing government policy or resigning, saying: “Gallant actually announced his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state as a reward for what he described as terrorism and Hamas.”

Opposition leader Yair Lapid said in a press statement: “Netanyahu’s games would like to stop,” calling for work to reach a truce and conclude an exchange deal for the release of Israeli detainees held by Hamas.

Meanwhile, retired Israeli General Yitzhak Brik warned of the imminent collapse of the army in the Gaza Strip, as Israel’s isolation deepens and its image in the world collapses.

On the other hand, the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said in his statements: “Hamas dealt positively with the efforts of the mediators in Egypt and Qatar in order to reach a ceasefire and prisoner exchange agreement,” adding: “The occupation’s amendments to the latest proposal put The negotiations are at a dead end, and the enemy continues the war on Gaza, and does not care about the fate of its prisoners.”

Haniyeh stressed the need for the Israeli army to withdraw from the Rafah crossing immediately, and that it has no right to interfere in the management of the crossing, adding: We agree with Egypt on the need for the Israeli army to withdraw from the Rafah crossing immediately.

Meanwhile, Haniyeh said: “We are confident that the aggression will be broken and defeated from our land, no matter how long it takes,” adding: “The day after the war will be decided by Hamas along with the rest of the Palestinian factions.”

Coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces and member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Dr., says: Abu Youssef continued in an interview with “Al Quds”: “The emergence of the dispute in the occupation government to the public in this way comes in the face of the failure of the occupation in all its goals in the face of resistance, and that it is only claiming the lives of children and civilians.”

Regarding what has become known as the “day after” the war on the Gaza Strip, Abu Youssef confirms that the management of the Gaza Strip will only be Palestinian, and after more than 7 months of the war of extermination, it is clear that they will not find any possibility of a role in the Gaza Strip other than the PLO and the Authority. Especially since the whole world affirmed the unity of the Palestinian territories.

In turn, writer and political analyst Samer Anabtawi told “The intensification of disputes between the pillars of the Israeli government is due to the intensification of resistance in the Gaza Strip, which affected political and military action, in light of specific operations that demonstrated the failure of the occupation’s claims to control large areas in the Gaza Strip.” It also proves the lack of political, security and military management of the battle.”

Anabtawi added: “What is happening in the ranks of the Israeli government also indicates American pressure related to (the day after) the war, in conjunction with Netanyahu’s insistence on not discussing (the next day), and Gallant rejects military rule or the civilian role in the Gaza Strip, but Netanyahu announces With a clear position that the war would last forever until the detainees were released, he thwarted all efforts and took the decision alone.”

Anabtawi continues: “There is confusion and a clear failure in the occupation’s management of the battle, and the noose around Netanyahu’s neck is tightening. He wants to continue fighting to protect himself personally and to protect his government.”

Anabtawi points out that "Gallant does not want Israel to bear the consequences of the Gaza Strip, and that its survival will plunge it into a continuous war of attrition. He wants a Palestinian authority agreed upon by everyone, including Israel, even if it is the Palestinian National Authority, but on new conditions."

Meanwhile, writer and political analyst Hani Abu Al-Sabaa stressed in an interview with that the disagreements over the governance of Gaza are not over the governance itself, but rather due to the existence of internal disagreements between the Israeli parties.

Abu Al-Sabaa points out that Gallant's sudden exit and his statements coincide with the atmosphere of war that Israel is experiencing and complex political circumstances, which began with the appearance of the failure of the Israeli army in the face of the qualitative operations carried out by the resistance, amid demands from the army leadership to stop the war, as the military option has reached a dead end.

Abu Al-Sabaa points out that these differences between the leaders of the Israeli government appear at a crucial moment of disagreements with the United States over stopping the Gaza war, and the deepening of the crisis with the authority, as well as the deepening of the crisis with Egypt, and in light of the escalation of university protests.

Abu Al-Sabaa confirms that no force alone can manage this file, as this comes in light of the failure to search for alternatives to managing the sector other than the Authority or the continued rule of Hamas. Gallant also realizes that the army’s presence may cause more deaths, especially with security reports indicating That the elite forces in the occupation army are tired, and that there are a very large number of losses, amid a security failure.


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A public confrontation between the leaders of the Israeli government over the “next day” in the Gaza Strip