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Benjamin Netanyahu & Gaza 2035

Benjamin Netanyahu & Gaza 2035

Recently, I stumbled upon some videos and social media posts discussing “Gaza 2035,” a concept that piqued my curiosity. Here’s a summary before I delve deeper into the topic.

According to various sources, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a long-term vision for Gaza, referred to as “Gaza 2035,” following the ongoing conflict. The plan consists of three phases:

  1. Humanitarian Aid Phase (12 months): Israel aims to establish safe zones in northern Gaza, free from Hamas influence. An Arab coalition comprising Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, and Morocco will oversee humanitarian efforts, managed by Gazans under Arab supervision.
  2. Reconstruction Phase (5-10 years): While Israel retains security control, the Arab coalition will set up the Gaza Rehabilitation Authority (GRA) to manage reconstruction and finances. The GRA, operated by Gazans, will implement economic revival and de-radicalization programs.
  3. Self-Governance Phase: Israel will maintain the right to counter security threats but will gradually transfer power to a local Gaza government or a unified Palestinian government, depending on successful de-radicalization and demilitarisation. The ultimate goal is full governance by Palestinians and Gaza’s incorporation into the Abraham Accords.

Key Goals:

– Demilitarize Gaza and end Hamas rule.

– Transition Gaza from an “Iranian outpost” to an “axis of moderation,” integrating it into the regional economy.

– Rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure and historical role as a trade hub.

– Secure long-term safety for Israel and normalisation with Saudi Arabia.

The plan promises substantial investment and job creation, leading to self-governance for Gazans post-Hamas. However, it notably omits any role for the Palestinian Authority, which contradicts U.S. preferences.

After understanding this, I wondered about the lack of support from Palestine’s Arab neighbours. The unveiling of “Gaza 2035” in the context of ongoing conflict, including operations in Rafa, presents a stark and unsettling picture of regional politics. This reveals long-term intentions that extend beyond the immediate conflict with Hamas, suggesting broader geopolitical motives centred on land and resources, which have historically underpinned many regional strategies.

The involvement of an Arab coalition in the plan indicates a complex interplay of regional interests that have, until now, been less apparent. This raises profound questions about the long-term aspirations for Palestinian territories and the real motivations behind regional alignments.

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Citations:

[1] https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/netanyahus-postwar-plan-gaza-reflects-difficult-balancing-act-experts-rcna140222

[2] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-68379646

[3] https://www.iscaninfo.com/article/18167545/Gaza-2035–This-is-the-utopian-vision-for-the-Strip-that-Netanyahu%27s-office-is-considering

[4] https://www.reddit.com/r/geopolitics/comments/1cjhkfw/from_crisis_to_prosperity_netanyahus_vision_for/

[5] https://www.jpost.com/israel-hamas-war/article-799756

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