Israel's IDF Chief Calls for Diplomatic Process to Install New Governing Body in Gaza

Israel's IDF Chief calls for a diplomatic process to establish a new governing body in Gaza amid renewed ground operation. The move comes as Israel faces pressure to present a post-war plan, with 35,000 Palestinians dead and 100 Israeli hostages still captive.

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Israel's IDF Chief Calls for Diplomatic Process to Install New Governing Body in Gaza

Israel's IDF Chief Calls for Diplomatic Process to Install New Governing Body in Gaza

As international governments discuss post-war plans to prevent Hamas resurgence in Gaza, Israel's IDF Chief of Staff, Major General Herzi Halevi, has called for a diplomatic process to establish a new governing body in the Strip. Halevi's statement comes amid Israel's renewed ground operation in northern Gaza, where it claims Hamas is trying to reassemble.

Why this matters: The outcome of this diplomatic process will have significant implications for the future of Gaza and the Middle East, as it could either lead to a more stable and peaceful region or perpetuate the cycle of violence. A failure to establish a viable governing body could lead to further conflict and instability in the region.

The renewed fighting raises doubts about Israel's goal to eradicate Hamas in Gaza. The war has left over 35,000 Palestinians dead and much of the enclave in ruins, with more than 100 hostages from Israel still in captivity and Hamas top leadership at large. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has criticized Israel's conduct, stating its strategy lacks a credible plan to protect civilians and a post-war vision for Gaza.

Blinken warned that a ground offensive in Rafah will leave Israel "holding the bag on an enduring insurgency," and that "a vacuum will be filled by chaos, anarchy, and ultimately, Hamas again." He noted that parts of Gaza cleared by Israel are seeing Hamas return, including in the north and Khan Younis.

IDF Chief Halevi emphasized, "As long as there is no political move that will bring forth a governing body other than Hamas in the strip, we will have to operate again and again there and in other places to dismantle the Hamas infrastructure." Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu has said Israel will retain overall security responsibility in Gaza indefinitely after the war, a position at odds with the US which has pushed for a reformed Palestinian Authority to govern the Strip.

Former and current Israeli officials, including a top military figure, have sounded alarms at the direction Israel is heading with its war. According to Israel, 14,000 Hamas fighters have been killed out of an estimated 30,000 in Gaza before the conflict began on October 7, 2023. However, Hamas top leadership remains at large despite the heavy toll.

As the Gaza war stretches into its eighth month, Israel faces increasing pressure both domestically and internationally to present a viable post-war plan. IDF Chief Halevi's call for a diplomatic process to install a new governing authority in Gaza marks a significant development, but achieving that objective remains a daunting challenge as the conflict rages on with no clear end in sight.

Key Takeaways

  • IDF Chief calls for diplomatic process to establish new governing body in Gaza.
  • US Secretary of State criticizes Israel's conduct, lacks post-war vision for Gaza.
  • Israel's war goal to eradicate Hamas in doubt, with 35,000 Palestinians dead.
  • Israel's Prime Minister wants to retain security responsibility in Gaza indefinitely.
  • IDF Chief warns of repeated operations without a political solution in Gaza.