The United States urged Netanyahu to define a post-war plan after his promise of appeasement in Gaza

The United States urged Netanyahu to define a post-war plan after his promise of appeasement in Gaza
The United States urged Netanyahu to define a post-war plan after his promise of appeasement in Gaza

Netanyahu said in an interview on Sunday that “the high-intensity stage of the war is going to end” and that this will happen “very soon” (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

USA urged this Monday the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahuto define a post-conflict plan for the Gaza Strip after having promised a quick appeasement in the offensive on the Palestinian enclave.

State Department spokesperson Matthew Millerconfirmed that the Israeli authorities have conveyed the message to them that “the end of the intense combat operations is approaching” in Rafahthe southernmost part of the Strip.

“From our perspective, the important thing is to work on the plan for the day after the conflict because we do not want to see in Rafah what we saw in other areas where Hamas regained control after the end of operations,” Miller explained.

The spokesman for US diplomacy pointed out that for there to be a “lasting defeat” of the Islamist group, a Palestinian-led Gaza governance plana realistic security strategy and a reconstruction project for the Strip.

“To achieve this, we continue to work with our Arab partners in the region and continue to pressure the Government of Israel to consider it,” he added.

Netanyahu said in an interview on Sunday that “the high intensity stage of the war is going to end” and that will happen “coming soon”.

The prime minister said he was “ready for partial agreement” with Hamas to achieve the return of part of the hostages who remain kidnapped in Gaza, but insisted that he will not end the war until the Islamist group is destroyed.

Demonstrations against Netanyahu in Israel for the hostages to return (REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

For days, military sources cited by the Israeli press have predicted at least three to four weeks to finish off the two Hamas battalions that are estimated to remain intact in Rafah. It is unknown what will happen next in that phase of the war.

The deaths in the Gaza Strip since the start of the offensive last October exceeded 37,600 this Monday, after one of the deadliest days last weekend with more than a hundred deaths.

This week the Israeli Minister of Defense is in Washington, Yoav Gallantwho after his meeting this Monday with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwill speak on Tuesday with the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.

Tens of thousands of Israelis have been displaced from northern Israel, where there have been almost daily exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Lebanese militants. Hezbollah since the war in Gaza began.

Netanyahu said that would not accept any agreement that would stipulate the end of the war in Gazaindicating that he was open to a “partial” agreement that would facilitate the return of some, if not all, hostages still held there.

“The goal is to return the abductees and uproot the Hamas regime in Gaza,” he said.

US officials have raised doubts about Israel’s goal of completely destroying Hamas, and on Wednesday the Israeli military’s top spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, stated that Hamas cannot be eliminated. “To say that we are going to make Hamas disappear is to throw sand in people’s eyes,” he declared.

He further stated that Hamas is an ideology and “we cannot eliminate an ideology”.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

 
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