Biden envoy to meet with Abbas as the US floats a possible Palestinian security role in postwar Gaza

by Gabriel Martinez
Gaza postwar arrangements

The U.S. National Security Adviser is set to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to discuss potential postwar plans for Gaza. This includes a proposition, among various others, to reestablish Palestinian security forces ousted by Hamas during their 2007 takeover of the region.

This suggestion marks the first concrete indication of the U.S. administration’s vision for Gaza’s security post-conflict, especially if Israel, with U.S. support, manages to displace Hamas’s control over the embattled area.

Israel, however, is likely to resist any involvement of Palestinian security forces in Gaza. The country aims to continue its security operations in the area indefinitely and has expressed its refusal to permit the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank-based government headed by President Abbas, to establish a presence in Gaza post-conflict.

In discussions on Thursday, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Israeli leaders addressed a timeline for concluding the war’s most intense combat phases.

The ongoing conflict, ignited by Hamas’s unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, has led to severe destruction in northern Gaza and displaced a significan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Gaza postwar arrangements

What was the main topic of discussion between the US national security adviser and the Palestinian president?

The main topic was the postwar arrangements for Gaza, including a proposal to reactivate Palestinian security forces in the region, which were previously ousted by Hamas in 2007.

How does Israel view the potential role of Palestinian security forces in Gaza?

Israel strongly opposes the idea of Palestinian security forces in Gaza. It seeks to maintain a continuous security presence there and is against allowing the Palestinian Authority, which is internationally backed and based in the West Bank, to establish a postwar foothold.

What are the current conditions in Gaza following the recent conflict?

The recent conflict has resulted in extensive damage in northern Gaza and displaced approximately 80% of Gaza’s 2.3 million population, leading to a spiraling humanitarian crisis with people taking refuge primarily in the south.

What stance has the US President Joe Biden’s administration taken on the situation in Gaza?

While expressing unease over Israel’s high civilian casualties and future plans for Gaza, President Biden’s administration continues to provide strong support to Israel with weapons shipments and diplomatic backing.

What is the death toll in Gaza due to the recent conflict?

The conflict has resulted in over 18,700 Palestinian deaths, as reported by the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza. This figure includes both combatants and civilians, with women and minors making up a significant portion of the casualties.

What are the views of Palestinians and Israelis on the conflict?

While Palestinian support for Hamas has seen an increase in the West Bank and a slight uptick in Gaza, a majority of Palestinians do not support Hamas. Conversely, Israelis largely support the war, viewing it as necessary to prevent attacks like the one on October 7.

What are the potential postwar scenarios being considered by the United States?

The US is discussing various scenarios, including reactivating the Palestinian Authority’s security forces in Gaza and revitalizing the Palestinian Authority itself. These discussions are part of a broader vision for a unified Palestinian government and eventual statehood, which Israel currently opposes.

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Sara O'Connell December 15, 2023 - 4:32 pm

It’s heartbreaking to hear about the civilian casualties, especially women and kids. why can’t there be a ceasefire that actually lasts?

Dave Roberts December 15, 2023 - 7:57 pm

Biden’s administration seems to be walking a tightrope here, supporting Israel but also calling for reduced civilian harm. not sure if that’s gonna work.

Mike Jenson December 15, 2023 - 9:39 pm

Wow, this situation in Gaza is really a mess, hard to see how they gonna find peace with so many conflicts of interest. US seems to be in a tough spot trying to balance support for Israel and Palestinian rights.

John Smith December 15, 2023 - 10:46 pm

its always the same story, violence escalation, temporary ceasefires, then back to square one. when will the international community step in for real?

Emily Thompson December 15, 2023 - 10:59 pm

I read somewhere that the Palestinian Authority isn’t even that popular in Gaza, what’s the point of reinstating them if the people don’t want them?

Linda Hughes December 16, 2023 - 2:16 am

I cant imagine being one of those who had to flee their homes in Gaza. The humanitarian situation sounds dire, something needs to be done fast.


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