AUS and Israeli military authorities are considering the possibility of creating a security mission through a military coalition that would include US, British and French forces in the Gaza Strip – in the event that Israel completely defeats Hamas in the region.
Officials from both countries are already looking to the future of the Palestinian enclave, as millions of people continue to try to survive bombings and a lack of essential goods. And, according to Bloomberg, a second option would involve establishing a peacekeeping force, like the one that existed after the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1979.
Sources close to both military leaders also revealed that there is a third way on the table, which would involve placing Gaza under temporary UN supervision.
However, authorities warned that it is still too early to define Israel’s plans for the Gaza Strip in concrete terms, with the unconditional support of the United States.
Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, commented on the future of Gaza in a Senate session on Tuesday, reiterating US support for Israeli military operations but warning that the future is still very uncertain.
It is already the 25th day of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. At this point, the Israeli army continues to make land incursions on several fronts, with reports of Israeli tanks and fighting inside the small Palestinian enclave.
Israel’s continued bombing came after a Hamas attack on October 7, which left more than 1,400 people dead and more than 200 hostages, who are still in Gaza. The attack, said António Guterres, “did not occur out of nowhere”, given the Israeli occupation of practically two decades over the Gaza Strip and 75 years of Palestinian territories, such as the West Bank, where the policy of illegal settlements has intensified during the current ultranationalist government of Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli response has been highly contested by the UN and the largest non-governmental organizations in the world, such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Jewish Voice for Peace, among many others, who call for an immediate ceasefire and an increase in humanitarian aid that may enter Gaza.
In total, more than 8,000 Palestinians have died, 70% of them children and women. Israel, supported by the United States and the European Union, continues to argue that the offensive is necessary to “eliminate Hamas” and protect its right to self-defense.
The Gaza Strip is still without its usual supply of water, food, fuel and essential goods, since the 8th, when the Israeli government announced a “total siege”. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also warned of the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, as the lack of water and essential services is managing an increase in epidemiological diseases, in addition to the difficulties that have suffocated the hospitals that are still functioning.
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