How realistic is Gallant's plan to surround Hamas and prevent aid from reaching it?

Capture of Jerusalem- Israeli Security Minister Yoav Galant drafted a plan to establish a “civilian committee” affiliated with the Israeli military that would monitor the Gaza Strip, and whose primary mission would be to remove the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) from the Palestinian civilian territory and prevent it . According to the Israeli narrative, by controlling aid entering the Strip during the war.

Gallant presented the plan – which was revealed by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper in its Friday issue – to government ministers and the War Council, and considered it an “initial experiment” to be implemented in the northern and central Gaza Strip, and most It was implemented first. Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City.

The plan – which was presented this week – included a list of goals that were set before ground operations in Gaza began. Targets marked in green were met, while targets marked in orange were partially met, while targets marked in red were for targets that could not be achieved.

During the HE of the Ministerial Council
Gallant (second from right) presented his plan to the War Council this week (Government Press Office)

experimental plan

Gallant's plan attempted to achieve goals that had not yet been achieved and revolved around the day after the war, and provided for the establishment of what became known as a “civilian committee”. , that is, other forces that will take over central administration and northern Gaza in place of Hamas.

The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper justified the plan, saying, “The continued arrival of humanitarian and relief equipment and aid, and their falling into the hands of Hamas, is intolerable from the point of view of the Israeli security establishment, and so the Defense Minister presented this experimental plan. “

According to this plan, humanitarian and relief aid will enter through the Beit Hanoun “Erez” and al-Mantar “Karni” crossings, rather than through the Rafah area, which is controlled by Hamas, and the aid – which will be guarded by the occupation forces. from the Wallis army – will go directly to Palestinian businessmen to prevent Hamas taking control. Without the need for intermediary relief organizations.

According to details of the plan, it is believed that the initial experiment will take place in the Zeytoun neighborhood besieged by the occupation army, and Palestinian businessmen, as opposed to Hamas activists, will be the new centers of power to be dealt with directly.

To ensure that Hamas does not seize humanitarian equipment and aid by force, according to the newspaper's claims, Gallant's plan states that “Israeli armed forces will be allowed to protect these traders, and if necessary, So the Palestinians protecting the aid will be armed.” With the approval of the Israeli army.”

disagreement

The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper asked whether the Palestinian groups, which will be armed with the approval of the occupation army to protect humanitarian aid, are Gazan employees of the security services of the former Palestinian Authority that ruled Gaza before Hamas, and the newspaper Does not rule out.

It is clear from the details of the plan that the Shin Bet security service will monitor its implementation through Palestinian traders in the Gaza Strip. From the point of view of the Israeli security establishment, it is necessary to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching the hands of Hamas at the present time.

The newspaper reported that despite differences of opinion between Gallant and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the latter and War Council ministers expressed no opposition or reservations to the plan and the proposed experimental model in the Zeytoun neighborhood, provided that its implementation would take place in the coming weeks. will begin in, which means – according to the security establishment – ​​the war on Gaza could continue for a long time.

According to the view of journalist Nadav Eyal, who revealed in a report on the Gallant plan, the strange thing is that “the plan has not been implemented since the beginning of the war,” adding that “Israel is fighting Hamas fighters. “And making their lives miserable, but it is delivering equipment and supplies to Gaza, even if it … it falls into the hands of Hamas, which consolidates its rule in the Gaza Strip.

Eyal believes that the delay in implementing the plan was due primarily to Netanyahu's chronic procrastination and his reluctance to make decisions for fear of the reactions of the head of the “Religious Zionism” coalition, Minister Bezalel Smotrich, and the head of the “Zionist” coalition. reason. Greatness” Party, Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

Tension

He said he recently asked an Israeli minister, “Why don't they attack Hamas members who have started appearing again in the northern Gaza Strip wearing civilian clothes?” He replied, “They are not immune, and if necessary, they will be exterminated.”

The next day, Israeli journalists say, “A Hamas man responsible for protecting aid trucks in Rafah was killed.”

Despite not having any objections to Gallant's plan and not hearing voices in opposition to it, Eyal confirmed that the tensions of war and politics came together at a recent War Council meeting, where Netanyahu discussed the Israeli military and the goals to be achieved. Criticized his slow progress in – it seems – the war.

He reported that Netanyahu opposed the withdrawal of some brigades of reserve forces from the fighting in Gaza and gave a speech about the concept of “complete victory”, while the ministers of the “National Camp”, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot listened. In Eyal's words, with “painful patience”.

He reported that a few weeks earlier, Gantz and Eisenkot discovered that “concrete discussions since the beginning of the war had been replaced by a full-fledged political campaign, and security considerations were soon replaced by the needs of opinion polls, “And in light of Netanyahu’s manipulations, announcements and leaks, it will be difficult for them to remain silent.”

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