U.S. poised for major role in Gaza reconstruction with high-level Adviser as ceasefire nears

The ambitious strategy under consideration would see Washington appointing a high-level American civilian adviser to work closely with a largely Palestinian military force overseeing post-war efforts in Gaza.

As the devastating conflict in Gaza grinds towards a potential ceasefire, the Biden administration is quietly laying the groundwork for the United States to play a prominent role in the enclave’s reconstruction and governance, according to multiple officials familiar with the plans.

The ambitious strategy under consideration would see Washington appointing a high-level American civilian adviser to work closely with a largely Palestinian military force overseeing post-war efforts in Gaza. This adviser would wield significant official authority, the extent of which is still being hashed out in private discussions between the White House, Pentagon, and State Department.

To avoid the optics of outright U.S. intervention, the American adviser would likely be based outside of Gaza itself, potentially in neighbouring Sinai or Jordan. Still, the plan envisions this adviser effectively acting as the top civilian authority, working hand-in-hand with a military commander to coordinate rebuilding efforts, distribute humanitarian aid, and even help maintain order.

The move represents a delicate balancing act for President Biden, who has faced domestic criticism for continuing military support for Israel amid the Gaza bombardment, even as he has voiced outrage over the civilian suffering. By taking a leadership role in Gaza’s postwar future, the White House hopes to ease those tensions while preserving key strategic ties.

Former U.S. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg. said that appointing an empowered American adviser allowed them to shape the narrative as honest brokers without being perceived as imposing a solution.