Israel’s security forces have drawn up proposals for the post-war administration of the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Channel 12 reported today. They called for a coalition of multinational forces, including the United States, France and Germany, to take overall control of the area once the war there ends. Israel is leading the fight against the terrorist movement Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opinion on these plans is unknown, The Times of Israel (Tol) noted.
An “administrative mechanism” comprising officials from the Palestinian Authority based in the Gaza Strip and local businessmen would then answer to the international force. The report did not specify how long the arrangement would remain in place.
Israel also wants an underground barrier to be built along the sixteen-kilometer border strip between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to prevent the smuggling of weapons and components through tunnels. Israel is also seeking to build a new crossing for goods at Rafah, under international and Israeli supervision.
The report states that senior US officials will be briefed on these proposals in the coming days.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is currently visiting Israel. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Charles Brown is scheduled to arrive in the country on Friday, and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin is expected to visit on Monday.
A Channel 12 report also said the security establishment was “considering” pursuing a deal leading to the release of all hostages held in Gaza, but which would also allow Hamas-in-Gaza chief Yahya Sinvar to leave the Gaza Strip. But security forces reportedly believe that the best prospect for freeing the captives remains massive military pressure on Hamas, the report said, without citing a source.