Netanyahu presents post-war principles to Israeli gov’t

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TEL AVIV — Israeli media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his principles for the post-war reality to the government on Thursday after being criticized for not discussing the ‘day after’ in Gaza. اضافة اعلان

According to the Prime Minister's Office, this is a "Document of principles reflecting a broad public consensus on the goals of the war, and the civil alternative to Hamas’s rule in the Gaza Strip."

The brief document, which dealt only with principled points and was short on concrete details, divided the situation into three periods: immediate, short, and long-term.

In the short term, the plan underscored Netanyahu’s principled position that Israel was determined to continue the war. Additionally, in the immediate timeframe, the document stated that as a prerequisite for reaching the "day after,” the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) will continue fighting until it achieves its goals: destroying Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad's military capabilities and governing infrastructure, returning the captives [soldiers], and preventing the threat from Gaza Strip long term.

In the interim period, the document detailed two dimensions: military and civilian. On the first, "Israel will maintain operational freedom throughout the Gaza Strip, with no time limit, to thwart threats from Gaza."

It further stated that the security buffer being established in Gaza, in the area bordering Israel, will remain as long as there is a security need; Israel will maintain a southern closure on the Gaza-Egypt border. Israel will also control security west of the Jordan River, including the Gaza envelope area to prevent threats to Israel, and Gaza will undergo demilitarization of all military capabilities.

According to the proposal content regarding civilian front, responsibility for public order will be based on local actors with management experience. Also, a de-radicalization program will be promoted in all religious, educational, and welfare institutions in the strip; Israel will work to close UNRWA and rehabilitation of the strip will only be possible after completing demilitarization.

In the long term, Israel outright rejected international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians, stating, "Such an agreement will only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions." In addition, the document stressed that Israel will continue to oppose unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

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