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Gaza Occupation Will Prolong Israeli-Palestinian Conflict



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vision for the future of Gaza has raised concerns that this conflict may not come to an end any time soon. In an interview with ABC News, Netanyahu expressed his intention for an "indefinite" Israeli occupation of Gaza, citing security concerns. This stance, if implemented, poses significant dangers and could further prolong the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


The stance of the US on Netanyahu's vision remains somewhat ambiguous. White House National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby acknowledged the discussions surrounding Gaza's future but emphasized the need for Hamas to no longer be in control.


However, US officials have previously expressed reluctance towards Israel occupying Gaza after the war. The fact that President Biden has shown strong support for Israel's campaign, which has caused significant Palestinian casualties, is a cause for concern.


There have been discussions regarding the possibility of deploying a multinational force to Gaza after the conflict, including US and other Western troops. This proposal aims to provide an alternative to Israeli occupation. While the intent is to bring stability to the region, the effectiveness and feasibility of such a solution remain uncertain.


One of the most controversial aspects of Israel's post-war plans is the idea of transferring hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt. Tel Aviv argues that this move would be temporary, with Palestinians eventually allowed to return to Gaza. However, this idea has been met with strong opposition from Egypt, fearing that the expulsion could become permanent.


Long-term occupation has historically led to human rights abuses, including restrictions on movement, lack of access to basic services, and the displacement of Palestinian communities. Such conditions only fuel resentment and extremism.


An indefinite occupation is unlikely to facilitate a lasting peace. Instead, it risks entrenching hostility and deepening divisions, making a resolution even more elusive. Israel's plan to push Palestinians into Egypt could exacerbate regional tensions, particularly with Egypt, which has firmly rejected the proposal. Such tensions could have far-reaching consequences.


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has far-reaching implications, and a prolonged occupation could lead to further instability in the Middle East and beyond. Achieving a lasting peace will require dialogue, compromise for a two-state solution, all while addressing the legitimate concerns of both Israelis and Palestinians, rather than perpetuating an endless cycle of conflict.

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