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Israel Ends Intense Phase in Gaza, Foresees Palestinian Rule


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Demonstrations of citizen solidarity with Gaza in Bogota. Credit: Colombian Presidency – Víctor de Currea / CC BY-SA 4.0 /

Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has declared the conclusion of the “intensive phase” of military operations in the northern Gaza Strip. This announcement, made on Monday 15th of January, marks a pivotal shift in the ongoing conflict, suggesting a de-escalation of military activities in the Palestinian region.

Israel military operations shift in focus

Gallant stated that Israeli troops are now conducting operations of lesser intensity in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. This follows the reported defeat of all Hamas battalions in the area. The change in strategy is further underscored by Israel’s withdrawal of one of its divisions from the enclave, leaving three still in operation. The focus of the conflict is now shifting to the southern Gaza Strip, particularly around the area of Jan Yunis, a known Hamas stronghold. Gallant did not provide a specific timeline but indicated that the intensive phase of operations in this southern region would soon conclude.

Future governance of Gaza

A significant aspect of Gallant’s announcement was the future governance of the Gaza Strip. He emphasized that Palestinians living in Gaza would govern the enclave post-conflict. This statement suggests a change in the region’s political landscape, moving away from military control to a civil governance model. Gallant assured that the future government of Gaza would emerge from within the Strip itself, marking a departure from Hamas’s military rule since 2007.

Humanitarian concerns in Gaza and international response

The conflict, which escalated following a Hamas attack on Israeli communities on October 7, has resulted in significant casualties. According to AFP’s latest figures, approximately 1,140 people have died in Israel, predominantly civilians. In Gaza, over 24,000 casualties, mostly women and children, have been reported by the territory’s Health Ministry. In response to the humanitarian crisis, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. He emphasized the need for sufficient aid delivery to Gazans and urged all parties to de-escalate and end hostilities to prevent further escalation and miscalculation.

The announcement by Israel’s Defense Minister marks a potential turning point in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The shift towards civil governance in Gaza and the call for humanitarian aid highlight the complex dynamics at play and the need for a sustainable resolution to the long-standing conflict. The international community’s response, particularly the United Nations’ call for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid, underscores the global concern for the stability and well-being of the region’s inhabitants.

The potential for a shift from military to civil governance in Gaza could have far-reaching implications for the region’s future. It suggests a possible pathway towards greater stability and a reduction in the cycle of violence that has characterized the Israel-Gaza relationship for years. The focus on humanitarian aid and the cessation of hostilities is a crucial step towards addressing the immediate needs of the affected populations and setting the stage for long-term peace and reconciliation efforts.

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