War of Iron Swords: Palestinian Authority Prepares for Post-War Government
As reported by Arab sources, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, has been making preparations for the creation of a new government in anticipation of the end of the conflict. This new government’s main focus will be on the security and rehabilitation of Gaza.
It is stated that this will be an “expert government”, distancing itself from political affiliations. The Palestinian Investment Fund’s head, Dr. Muhammad Mustafa, has been nominated by the Palestinian president to lead this proposed government.
This team of experts has also been tasked with planning the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, as requested by Abu Mazen. The plan’s prominent features include the establishment of a rehabilitation authority, which will operate under the United Nations’ supervision.
The president’s visit to the Qatari capital, Doha, was initiated by an invitation from the prince. The purpose of this visit is to discuss possibilities for expanding the Palestinian Authority’s influence in the Gaza Strip in the post-war era.
Suggestions from US Secretary of State
The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has previously advised Abu Mazen to not wait until the war’s end to prepare for its aftermath. He proposed the formation of a government that more accurately represents the Palestinian people, along with a plan for reform and rehabilitation.
Abu Mazen has updated Blinken on the ongoing preparations for the new government’s formation, the rehabilitation plan, and an additional plan for reforming the PA’s administrative, legal, and economic systems during Blinken’s recent visit.
Response from Hamas
Officials from the Hamas organization have expressed a willingness to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority on the Gaza Strip’s reconstruction. However, they insist on understanding the nature of the body overseeing the reconstruction and its operating system at every stage.
Hamas has called for the establishment of a national reference for the government and the Reconstruction Authority. This body should include various Palestinian political forces and independent national figures. Reports indicate that Hamas has pledged not to interfere with these rebuilding efforts aimed at helping Gaza residents recover from the war’s effects.