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Germany suggests UN to take control of Gaza Strip after war ends, Politico reports

Germany suggests UN to take control of Gaza Strip after war ends, Politico reports Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Germany wants the United Nations to take control of the Gaza Strip once the Israeli-Hamas conflict ends, reports Politico.

"However, both the Palestinians and some EU diplomats have serious doubts about the feasibility of the idea, with a senior Palestinian figure in Europe calling it 'unacceptable,'" the material reads.

The article specifies that discussions are currently underway on allowing a greater amount of humanitarian aid into Gaza and how to halt hostilities. However, discussions on post-war scenarios are also intensifying.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated last month that the "effective and revitalized Palestinian Authority" should eventually oversee Gaza but offered no guidance on how to make it "effective."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously stated that his country would assume "overall security responsibility" in Gaza "for an indefinite period."

What else is known about Germany's proposal

Germany's proposal dates back to October 21, before Israel's decision to initiate the second phase of its military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Berlin, one of Israel's staunchest allies in the EU, writes that "Israel’s goal is a goal we share: never again should Hamas be in a position to terrorize Israel and its citizens,"

Five different scenarios for Gaza's future are suggested, including Israel regaining control of the Gaza Strip and taking control either under Palestinian autonomy or Egypt.

The UN scenario is also on the list. According to Berlin, this scenario entails the "internationalization of Gaza under the umbrella of the United Nations (and regional partners)" with "a carefully organized transition" toward Palestinian self-administration, "ideally' through elections "and in combination with an international coalition that provides necessary security."

Israeli army ground operation

At the beginning of October, Hamas militants launched a massive incursion into Israel, killing and kidnapping military and civilian residents. Following this, Israel announced the launch of Operation Iron Sword and began regularly targeting sites in the Gaza Strip.

On October 27, the Israeli army began intensively attacking Gaza. The Israeli Defense Forces also announced the expansion of a ground operation.

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the start of the third phase of the military operation against the Hamas group. It involves expanding ground incursions into the Gaza Strip.