Netanyahu aides propose demilitarized Palestinian state, Saudi normalization

Included in the second phase is a normalization agreement that will create a new Palestinian Authority not involving Hamas or Fatah.

By Vered Weiss, World Israel News

A plan for military control of Gaza which would gradually lead to a Palestinian state and Saudi Arabia’s normalization of relations with Israel was reported in Ma’ariv on Tuesday.

The first phase of the plan is a military government that will oversee humanitarian aid to Gazan civilians during the transition period.

The second phase will usher in rule of Gaza comprised by a coalition of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, the UAE, and Bahrain.

Included in the second phase is a normalization agreement that will create a new Palestinian Authority not involving Hamas or Fatah.

Israel will be allowed security control over the area similar to Judea and Samaria.

With the establishment of a new Palestinian Authority, reforms will be put in place to prevent the pro-terrorist indoctrination that characterized education in Gaza prior to October 7th.

The plan is expected to take four years and at the end of that period, a successful outcome will see the recognition of a demilitarized Palestinian state.

According to reports, the proposal was created by “a number of businessmen” and advisors close to Netanyahu and the plan was submitted to the United States.

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This is only one of several plans that have been proposed concerning the governance of Gaza after the war.

The first part of the plan is consistent with the comments of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that Israel must have security control of Gaza after the war similar to the arrangement in Judea and Samaria.

Gallant told members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, “After the war, when it’s over, I think it’s completely clear that Hamas won’t control Gaza.”

He added, “Israel will control [it] militarily but won’t control it in a civilian sense.”

According to a survey conducted by Tel Aviv University, around 70% of Israeli Jews support IDF security control in Gaza after the war and 25% agree that international and Arab forces should rule Gaza. Just 2% believed the Palestinian Authority should control Gaza in the aftermath of the war.