Vice President of the USA Kamala Harris – against the background of the resumption of hostilities in the Gaza Strip between the Israeli military and the terrorist organization Hamas recognized in the USA and the EU – outlined the position of the United States on the issue of the future of Gaza.
Harris spoke about the conflict in the Middle East at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai. She emphasized the need for a unified Palestinian administration in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with the prospective creation of an independent Palestinian state. Now the territories of the West Bank under the control of Palestinians are managed by the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip by Hamas.
At the talks with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Harris also stated that “the United States will not under any circumstances allow the forced resettlement of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank.” At the same time, she noted that “Hamas cannot control Gaza, this is unacceptable for the security of Israel, the well-being of the Palestinian people and regional security”, and after the end of the war, efforts to restore Gaza must be conducted “in the context of the clear political prospects of the Palestinian people to create their own state in head of the revived Palestinian Authority”.
Harris also noted that the United States advocates new humanitarian pauses in the fighting to release hostages held by Hamas and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. A representative of Hamas said on Saturday that the group will not release its remaining hostages captured in Israel – their number is estimated at 136 – without an agreement on a long-term truce.
Israel declares that it will continue military operations until the defeat of Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed this on Saturday. At the same time, Israel declares that it is ready for pauses in hostilities if they are accompanied by the release of hostages.
Speaking about the future of Gaza, Israeli representatives declare that they do not intend to occupy the sector. At the same time, Israel’s official position regarding who should rule Gaza after the hypothetical defeat and removal of Hamas from power is not clear.