US Pushes for Unified Palestinian Government in Post-War Era
In a significant diplomatic development, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for the establishment of a unified Palestinian-led government in Gaza and the West Bank following the cessation of hostilities, marking a crucial step towards Palestinian statehood. This call has intensified the differences between the US and its ally, Israel, regarding the future of the Palestinian territories once the Israeli operation against Hamas concludes, as reported by the Associated Press.
Blinken's vision for Gaza's future also counters post-war scenarios proposed by far-right factions within the Israeli government and its supporters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent statement that the Israeli military might maintain security control in Gaza "indefinitely" has raised concerns within the US.
"Any post-war governance in Gaza must involve a Palestinian-led government with unity between Gaza and the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority's jurisdiction," Blinken emphasized during a press conference in Japan.
Blinken, alongside top diplomats from the Group of Seven (G7) nations, convened in Tokyo to address the fallout from Hamas' attack on Israel on October 7 and the humanitarian crisis faced by 2.3 million Palestinians stranded in Gaza due to the month-long Israeli offensive and blockade.
The Biden administration has reaffirmed its stance against a permanent Israeli reoccupation of Gaza and against a policy report suggesting the relocation of Gaza's Palestinian residents to neighboring Egypt. "As far as Gaza and the West Bank are concerned, and ultimately the Palestinian state, a government of unity needs to be formed," Blinken stressed.
This statement underscores the divergence between Netanyahu's government and...