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The Israeli PM suggests a plan for Gaza after the conflict and calls for the army to have “indefinite freedom” to operate in the beleaguered area

According to Israeli media on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put up a plan for Gaza that calls for local Palestinian authorities who are not affiliated with Hamas or its foreign sponsors to rule the region after the conflict.

According to the plan, which Netanyahu presented to his security cabinet late on Thursday, the Israeli army will continue to fight Hamas until it meets certain objectives. These include getting rid of Islamic Jihad and Hamas and ensuring the release of all hostages who are still detained in Gaza.

Key components of Netanyahu’s plan were published by the Times of Israel newspaper, which said that Gaza’s civil affairs will be managed by “local officials with administrative experience” who are “not linked to countries or entities that support terrorism” after the conflict.

The plan called for the Israeli army to have “indefinite freedom” to operate across Gaza long after the war to prevent any rebirth of terror activities.

“The plan states that Israel will move forward with its already-in-motion project to establish a security buffer zone on the Palestinian side of the strip’s border,” according to the article, and that it would continue “as long as there is a security need for it.”

In order “to prevent the strengthening of terrorist elements in the (occupied West Bank) and the Gaza Strip and to thwart threats from them towards Israel,” the study further calls for Israeli security control “over the entire area west of Jordan” from the air, sea, and land.

“Complete demilitarization… beyond what is required for the needs of maintaining public order” is what the plan envisions for Gaza.

It seeks to encourage “de-radicalization in all religious, educational and welfare institutions in Gaza.”

According to the paper, one of the main components of the strategy was to dismantle UNRWA, the UN organization for Palestinian refugees.

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According to an AFP count based on official Israeli data, Israel has claimed that many UNRWA personnel participated in the October 7 assault on Israel that claimed the lives of around 1,160 persons, the majority of whom were civilians.

The UN fired the staff members who Israel had implicated and launched an internal investigation into the organization. Several nations have stopped supporting the organization since the Israeli accusations surfaced.

According to the publication, the proposal also includes provisions for the Egypt-Gaza border, which has been hampered by smuggling.

It added that in order to stop any resurgence of terror or smuggling activities, a “southern closure” will be imposed on the boundary.

There are other aspects of the purported Netanyahu plan that go counter to the US vision for Gaza after the war.

The Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank, should progressively take over administration of Gaza, according to US policy, which supports Netanyahu’s desire to destroy Hamas, the organization that now rules Gaza.

Abbas’s spokesperson attacked the initiative on Friday.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, “Gaza will only be part of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” according to Wafa, the official news agency of the Palestinian government.

“Any ideas that go against this will not succeed. “Israel’s attempts to change the demographic and geographic realities in the Gaza Strip will fail,” the speaker said.

“If the world wants security and stability in the region, it must end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and recognise the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” stated Abu Rudeineh.

Israel’s parliament supported Netanyahu’s second plan on Wednesday, which opposes any unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu has long decried the Palestinian Authority.

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