On Thursday, Yoav Gallant, the Defense Minister of Israel, presented a four-part proposal outlining potential governance options for Gaza.
This is the first instance of a senior Israeli official presenting this vision, but it does not reflect official policy.
70% of the Gaza Strip.
According to the proposal, Hamas will relinquish control of 70% of the Gaza Strip.
Israel would have full control over military operations, but there would be no Israeli citizens living in the area.
The proposal outlines the idea of a U.S.-led international team being in charge of reconstructing Gaza. It also proposes that Palestinian organizations would handle civil matters, with involvement from Egypt and other moderate Arab nations.
Blinken returns to the Middle East for a rapid diplomatic effort as tensions in the region continue to rise.
Israeli Prime Minister
As of now, there have been no specific statements made by him regarding his plans for Gaza in the aftermath of the conflict.
The conflict in Gaza persists, with the Hamas-controlled health ministry reporting numerous casualties in the past day. A representative from the health ministry stated that Israeli airstrikes targeted the supposedly safe area of al-Mawasi, resulting in the death of 14 individuals, as reported by BBC News, a partner network of CBS. The Hamas-run ministry claims that over 22,400 Palestinians have lost their lives in Gaza since the beginning of the war, without differentiation between civilians and fighters.
On October 7th, Hamas launched a violent terrorist attack on southern Israel, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,200 individuals, mostly innocent civilians. Around 240 people were also held captive. Additionally, the ongoing war has claimed the lives of at least 170 IDF soldiers.
Furthermore, tensions persisted on other fronts.
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, stated that a reaction to the death of Hamas representative Saleh Al-Arouri in Beirut on Tuesday was “inevitably on its way.”
According to the AFP news agency, Nasrallah stated in a televised address that we cannot stay quiet about such a significant violation as it would put all of Lebanon at risk.
According to AFP, Nasrallah stated that following the death of Al-Arouri, 670 missions have been conducted by Hezbollah soldiers, with 48 Israeli border positions and 11 rear bases being the targets.
Since the war started, there have been instances of gunfire between Israel and Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon. This has raised concerns that the conflict may escalate to involve another area. In Lebanon, the death toll has reached 175, with 129 of those being Hezbollah militants. In northern Israel, nine soldiers and four civilians have lost their lives. Additionally, thousands of residents in border towns have been forced to leave their homes due to the ongoing violence.