Israeli PM Netanyahu presents post-Gaza war plan

Netanyahu unveils Gaza plan focusing on demilitarization and ongoing Israeli presence. Palestinians reject it, calling for an end to occupation and recognition of statehood.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled a comprehensive plan for the future of Gaza in the aftermath of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. The proposal marks Netanyahu’s first official outline for the region once the hostilities cease.

Outlined in a document presented to Israel’s security cabinet, Netanyahu’s plan envisions a continued Israeli security presence in strategic areas, including the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern enclave. This move aims to prevent smuggling activities and ensure stability in the region, with cooperation sought from Egypt and the United States.


Central to Netanyahu’s vision is the goal of demilitarization and deradicalization of Gaza in the medium term. However, specific details on the timeline and implementation of these objectives remain unspecified. Netanyahu conditions the rehabilitation of Gaza on its complete demilitarization, a stance that reflects Israel’s security concerns following the conflict.

In the long term, Netanyahu rejects the notion of unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Instead, he advocates for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as the sole path towards a resolution. However, the proposal does not specify which Palestinian party would engage in these negotiations.

Netanyahu’s plan also includes measures to replace Hamas rule in Gaza with a civilian administration, drawing on local representatives who are not associated with terrorist entities. Additionally, he calls for the closure of the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, suggesting alternative international aid mechanisms.

The Prime Minister’s office asserts that Netanyahu’s proposal aligns with a broad public consensus regarding the objectives of the conflict and the desire to establish a civilian-led governance structure in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, has dismissed Netanyahu’s plan as destined to fail. Abu Rudeineh reaffirms the Palestinian stance on the need for an end to Israeli occupation and the recognition of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The recent conflict in Gaza has reignited international calls for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. While some Israeli politicians oppose this approach, the international community, including Israel’s main ally, the United States, continues to advocate for a negotiated resolution to achieve lasting peace in the region.