US Urges Israel to Collaborate with Palestine to Build Gaza
The US is Israel's ally in the war against the Hamas group, but has different views on the future of the Gaza Strip.
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TEL AVIV, WEDNESDAY — The United States is urging Israel to work with Palestine to rebuild Gaza Strip in the aftermath of Israel's attack. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken emphasized, after a meeting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (10/1/2024), that Israel must collaborate with Palestine in the future plans for Gaza Strip post-war.
"The United States will help in the management of the Gaza Strip on the condition that there is a path towards the establishment of a Palestinian state," Blinken said.
The United States has become an ally of Israel in the war against Hamas, but there are different views on the future of the Gaza Strip, which is inhabited by 2.2 million Palestinian residents. The US and Arab countries are pushing for the reopening of the peace process, including Palestinian independence, which is opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partners.
Currently, the Israeli attacks in Gaza Strip are ongoing with no sign of the assault coming to an end. The Israeli offensive has triggered a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip, which is referred to as the largest outdoor prison in the world.
Speaking at a press conference with Israeli leaders, Blinken emphasized that Israel must take steps to support the ability of Palestine to build a self-governing and effective government. "Israel must become a partner in cooperation with Palestinian leaders who want to lead the Palestinian people to live alongside Israel in peace. Violence by Jewish settlers, the construction of Jewish housing, the destruction of Palestinian settlements and the eviction of Palestinian citizens will make the peace process even more difficult for Israel to achieve," Blinken said.
US officials have requested that Palestinian Authority officials in the West Bank become involved in governance in Gaza. Israeli leaders have rejected the proposal, but have no alternate plans other than implementing open military control in Gaza.
Blinken explained that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey have agreed to a plan for the reconstruction and governance of Gaza after the war. The leaders of Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority are planning to meet on Wednesday in the city of Aqaba, in southern Jordan near the port of Eilat, Israel.
The United States, which provides military and diplomatic support to Israel in its war against Hamas, has urged Israel to change its military operations to target only Hamas. However, in the past few days, hundreds of Palestinian civilians have been killed in Israeli attacks. Please note: "Hamas" should not be translated as it is one of the forbidden words.
Israel must become a partner for cooperation with Palestinian leaders who are willing to lead the Palestinian people in living together peacefully with the state of Israel.
Israel vows to crush Hamas in response to the group's attack on October 7, 2023 in southern Israel which resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people and the kidnapping of 250 others. Half of the hostages were released during a week-long humanitarian pause at the end of November 2023.
The Israeli military claims to have destroyed the Hamas network in the northern Gaza Strip, with the outcome being the destruction of entire residential areas. However, there is still resistance from small groups.
Currently, Israel is attacking the southern part of the Gaza Strip in the city of Khan Younis and a refugee camp in central Gaza. "The battle will continue throughout the year 2024," said IDF (Israeli military) Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari.
Since the Israeli attack began in the Gaza Strip, more than 23,200 Palestinian civilians have been killed - which accounts for 1% of the total population of Gaza. At least 58,000 people, or more than 2% of the population, have been injured or permanently disabled.
On Monday (8/1/2024), in an Israeli attack in Deir Al Balah, a mother, three daughters, and Jamal Naeim's grandchild were killed. Jamal Naeim is the brother of Bassem Naeim, a Hamas politician. However, Jamal Naeim was not involved in the Hamas group.
At the same time, nine Israeli soldiers were killed while attempting to destroy a Hamas weapons assembly center in the center of the Gaza Strip. Tzahal has declared that they have lost 185 soldiers in the Gaza Strip war.
Also read: Israel's Black Trail from Tel Aviv to Gaza
Approximate translation: As many as 85 percent of the 2.2 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip have become refugees due to Israeli attacks. They are hungry and lack access to medicine. The humanitarian mission office of the UN, OCHA, warned that Israeli attacks have disrupted the delivery of humanitarian aid. Warehouses, aid distribution centers, hospitals, and refugee camps have also been affected by Israeli attacks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been unable to deliver aid for the past two weeks. OCHA reported that Tzahal has refused five humanitarian aid convoys to northern Gaza.
Secretary of State Blinken stressed that food, water, and medicine aid must be distributed immediately. "Israel must prevent obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian aid in Gaza," he said.
It is feared that the war in Gaza will spread to Lebanon after Israel killed a top Hamas official in Beirut last week. On Tuesday (9/1/2024), the Hezbollah group in Lebanon stated that it had sent armed drones to Israeli military targets in the city of Safed. The Israeli military acknowledged that an armed drone fell near the military barracks but did not cause any damage.
Israel also attacked southern Lebanon, killing four members of Hezbollah, one of whom was attending the funeral of a Hezbollah commander who had been killed the day before. (AP)