Israel’s Failure to Plan for Gaza’s Post-War Challenges

Israel’s Failure to Plan for Gaza’s Post-War Challenges

Oct.19 : Israel is committed to eradicating Hamas through a relentless offensive in the Gaza Strip, yet lacks a discernible long-term objective, including a clear plan for governing the devastated Palestinian enclave in the event of a military victory. Termed “Operation Swords of Iron,” this military campaign is anticipated to be unprecedented in its intensity and distinct from any previous Israeli actions in Gaza, as stated by eight regional and Western officials who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the issue.

In response to Hamas’s attack on southern Israel on October 7, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,400 individuals, predominantly civilians, Israel has mobilized a record-breaking 360,000 reservists and has been incessantly bombarding the small enclave. According to three regional officials familiar with discussions between the United States and Middle Eastern leaders, Israel’s immediate strategy involves the destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure, even at the expense of significant civilian casualties. Additionally, Israel aims to compel the population of the enclave towards the Egyptian border and target Hamas by demolishing the intricate network of underground tunnels utilized by the group for its operations.

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However, Israeli officials have acknowledged their lack of a clear vision for the future post-war scenario. Concerns have been raised by some of President Joe Biden’s aides, who fear that while Israel may devise an effective plan to inflict enduring damage on Hamas, it has yet to formulate an exit strategy, as disclosed by a source in Washington familiar with the matter. Recent visits to Israel by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the importance of prioritizing a post-war plan for Gaza, according to the same source.

Arab officials are also troubled by Israel’s failure to outline a definitive plan for the future of the enclave, which has been under Hamas rule since 2006 and is home to 2.3 million people. A regional security source expressed concerns, stating, “Israel lacks a comprehensive strategy for Gaza. Their approach involves indiscriminate bombing, widespread destruction, and invasion, but what happens next? They have not devised an exit strategy for the aftermath.”

Israel’s invasion has no clear exit strategy – sources:

  • Israel is vowing to wipe out Hamas in a relentless onslaught on the Gaza Strip but has no obvious endgame in sight.
  • The immediate Israeli strategy is to destroy Gaza’s infrastructure, even at the cost of high civilian casualties.

Arabs fear Gaza conflict could trigger regional war:

  • Arab officials are alarmed that Israel hasn’t set out a clear plan for the future of the enclave.
  • The fear across the region is that the war will blow up beyond the confines of Gaza.

Biden cautions Israelis of U.S. mistakes after 9/11:

  • Some of U.S. President Joe Biden’s aides are concerned that Israel has yet to formulate an exit strategy.
  • Biden told Israelis that justice needed to be served to Hamas, though he cautioned that the U.S. had made mistakes after 9/11.

Israeli officials have said that they don’t have a clear idea for what a post-war future might look like.:

  • Trips to Israel by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stressed the need to focus on the post-war plan for Gaza.
  • Israeli officials, including Netanyahu, have said they will wipe out Hamas, but what will follow is less defined.

An Israeli invasion has yet to start, but the death toll is rising.:

  • Gaza authorities say 3,500 Palestinians have already been killed by the aerial bombardment.
  • There is less optimism in Washington that Israel will be able to completely destroy Hamas.

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Israel faces challenges in its planned invasion of Gaza.:

  • Hamas has built an extensive network of underground tunnels that make it difficult for Israel to achieve its stated aim.
  • Israeli forces may aim to kill or capture as many Hamas members as they can, blow up tunnels and rocket workshops.

The fear is that the conflict could spread beyond Gaza.:

  • Arab leaders oppose collective punishment against ordinary Palestinians and fear regional unrest.
  • There are concerns that the violence might engulf the West Bank as nearby Gaza burns.

The future governance of Gaza is uncertain.:

  • There are doubts whether the Palestinian Authority or any other authority would be able to govern the coastal enclave if Hamas is driven out.
  • Calls for the creation of humanitarian corridors and escape routes for Palestinian civilians have drawn a strong reaction from Arab neighbors.

Egypt to reopen border crossing with Gaza:

  • Egypt agreed to reopen its border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow aid to reach Palestinians.
  • The humanitarian crisis worsened for the 2.3 million people trapped in the enclave and anti-Israel protests flared across the Middle East.
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