Israeli defence minister outlines vision for Gaza’s future governance

“Palestinians live in Gaza, and therefore Palestinians will govern Gaza in the future,” Gallant affirmed. He underlined the importance of anchoring the conclusion of the military campaign in a well-defined policy framework.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has outlined his vision for the future governance of the Gaza Strip, asserting that once the threat posed by radicals is neutralized, Palestinians will take charge of managing the territory. Gallant conveyed this strategic perspective during a televised address, emphasizing the crucial need for the governing authority in Gaza to emerge organically from within the region and consist of entities non-hostile to Israel.

“Palestinians live in Gaza, and therefore Palestinians will govern Gaza in the future,” Gallant affirmed. He underlined the importance of anchoring the conclusion of the military campaign in a well-defined policy framework. The Defense Minister underscored that the governing authority’s composition should include actors with a non-hostile stance toward Israel, fostering a stable and cooperative relationship.

However, Gallant warned against political indecision, cautioning that it could potentially impede the progress of the ongoing military operation. While he refrained from providing explicit details, Gallant did reveal that he had submitted a comprehensive plan to the cabinet. He urged the government to engage in thorough discussions to define the goals and parameters of the proposed plan, signalling a nuanced approach to the complex geopolitical landscape.

This announcement follows Gallant’s earlier call on January 14 for the Israeli government to implement measures aimed at fortifying the positions of the Palestinian National Authority in the West Bank. The objective is to counteract the influence of the Hamas movement, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007. Gallant’s strategic vision aligns with an overarching goal of ensuring stability and fostering cooperative relationships in the region.

The broader context reveals a heightened state of tension in the Middle East, triggered by an incursion of Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip into Israel on October 7. Hamas framed the attack as a response to Israeli actions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Subsequently, Israel imposed a complete siege on the Gaza Strip, initiating a military operation in the region. Concurrently, Israel conducted targeted strikes in parts of Lebanon and Syria, responding to bombardments originating from these countries. Clashes have also erupted in the West Bank, further complicating the regional landscape.