Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, has announced that Israel will no longer bear any responsibility for the Gaza Strip after completing its ground military operation to defeat Hamas. A senior Israeli official, speaking anonymously to the Financial Times, revealed that under this new approach, Gazans will not be permitted to enter or work in Israel.
During a briefing to the Israeli Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Friday, Gallant outlined the three phases of the military operation. The first phase, which is already underway, involves extensive aerial bombardment. The second phase will consist of ground maneuvers aimed at neutralizing Hamas operatives and damaging their infrastructure. The final phase will establish a new security regime in Gaza.
The Israeli military’s objective is to completely destroy Hamas and eradicate any pockets of resistance. The Defense Minister emphasized that once the operation is over, Israel will no longer assume responsibility for the day-to-day life in Gaza.
This significant shift in policy means that all existing border crossings between Gaza and Israel will be closed, and the supply of basic utilities like water and electricity from Israel will cease. Israel had occupied Gaza and had settlements there from 1967 to 2005, but access for people and goods has been severely restricted for years.
Recent reports suggest that the United States and Israel are engaged in secret discussions regarding the future of Gaza after Hamas. One scenario being considered is the establishment of an interim government supported by the United Nations and Arab nations. However, these talks are still in the early stages, and neighboring countries’ agreement is not guaranteed.
The conflict between Hamas and Israel erupted on October 7 when Palestinian militants launched a massive missile attack and a surprise incursion. Israel responded with airstrikes on Gaza. Both sides report a significant number of casualties, with at least 4,100 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis killed, and thousands more injured. The United Nations and human rights organizations have expressed concerns over the looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
In conclusion, Israel is set to wash its hands of Gaza once it completes its military campaign against Hamas. The new approach means that Gazans will be cut off from Israel and denied access to work opportunities. This announcement marks a significant shift in policy, as Israel relinquishes its responsibility for Gaza’s day-to-day life and closes all border crossings. Talks are underway between the United States and Israel regarding the future governance of Gaza. The conflict has resulted in a high number of casualties, and concerns are growing about the humanitarian situation in the region.