Peacekeepers, Multinational Force and UN - US, Israel's 3-Point Plan for Gaza Strip's Future | Explained
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Washington DC: The United States and Israel are mulling over what to do with Gaza Strip after Israel completes its goal to "wipe out" Hamas. As per reports, the US is mulling over a three-point plan for the future of Gaza Strip.
The Israel-Hamas war broke out on October 7, 2023, after the militant group launched a surprise attack on the Jewish state, killing 1,400 people and taking around 200 people as hostages, In the Palestinian side, over 8,000 people have died in Gaza and West Bank due to Israeli raids and bombardment.
As per a Bloomberg report, the US and Israel have come up with three points as of now -
1. A Multinational Force with American troops after the ousting of Hamas.
2. Formation of a peacekeeping force
3. Temporary United Nations oversight.
As per sources close to the US and Israeli government, officials are creating this plan with a sense of urgency as the Israel begins "second phase of the war" with its ground invasions in Gaza.
US, Israel's 3-Point Plan for Gaza - Explained
The first option would focus on creating a multinational force which would act as peacekeepers after Hamas is ousted. Hamas has been governing Gaza since 2007. In this force, troops from the US, UK, France and other allies would be sent to the Gaza Strip.
The second option would be establishing a peacekeeping force. This force would be based on the model of the 1979 Egypt-Israel treaty. In this treaty, brokered by the US, the principles for a bilateral peace agreement as well as a formula for Palestinian self-government in Gaza and the West Bank were laid out.
The third option would be to put the Gaza Strip under temporary United Nations oversight. Under this, Gaza would be recognised as a UN territory – not Israeli or Palestinian. The same was done after Israel annexed Syria’s Golan Heights.
However, as the allies discuss what to do with Gaza once the war is over, the US has made it clear that it has no intention to send American troops to Gaza.
National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson told Bloomberg that “sending US troops to Gaza as part of a peacekeeping force is not something that’s being considered or is under discussion."
Furthermore, US Vice President Kamala Harris also told CBS on 60 Minutes, that America has "zero intentions" to send in their troops to Israel or Gaza. As per sources close to the officials, the discussions for this three-point plan are still in the early stages. More information is expected to be issued after Secretary of State Antony Blinken lands in Israel on Friday.