Gaza's Future: Can the Palestinian Authority Govern Gaza Post-War?

Israel does not rule out the possibility of the Palestinian Authority governing post-war Gaza, wrote in an Arabic-language column by Chahi Hanegbi, national security adviser in the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

by Sededin Dedovic
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Gaza's Future: Can the Palestinian Authority Govern Gaza Post-War?
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In a recent development, Israel is considering the possibility of the Palestinian Authority taking over Gaza after the war, according to an Arabic-language column by Cahi Hanegbi, national security adviser in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

However, this proposal is opposed by the Minister of Finance, Bezalel Smotrich. In his column, Hanegbi emphasized that the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip would involve the joint effort of regional and international forces.

He made it clear that Israel does not intend to control civilian affairs in the enclave. The condition for potential leadership of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, Hanegbi said, depends on the defeat of Hamas, the militant group currently in control.

Finance Minister Smotrich, on the other hand, strongly opposed this position. He made it clear that Hanegbi's position does not represent the official position of the Israeli government. Smotrich criticized the idea of Palestinian self-government, stating that it is not a solution but a significant part of the problem.

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"This position does not represent the opinion of the Israeli government and the prime minister should resolve the issue with him (Hanegbi). Palestinian self-government is not a solution, it is a significant part of the problem," Smotrich wrote on the X platform.

Netanyahu already said that there is no Palestinian self-government in Gaza Despite these discussions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly rejected any possibility of the Palestinian Authority governing Gaza after the war.

However, there are Israeli media reports suggesting that the Prime Minister may reconsider his position. Smotrich previously warned Netanyahu against making such a decision without consultation, noting that a unilateral move could lead to a situation where the people cannot be part of the decision-making process.

He also criticized the prime minister's policy towards Hamas, attributing the militant group's October 7 attack on Israel to Netanyahu's allegedly lenient approach. The final decision is likely to have significant implications for the stability of the region and the well-being of its people.

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