Essential Conditions for the Successful Reconstruction of Gaza

(Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University) Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel - The reconstruction of Gaza is an important lever for strengthening the Palestinian Authority and renewing the peace process. It is also a fundamental test of the PA's willingness, resolve, and executive ability. Problematic or inadequate performance by the PA in Gaza would be a warning as to the functional capabilities of the PA in state governance in the West Bank once an agreement is signed. Israel's demand for Gaza's demilitarization, despite the difficulties of implementation within Gaza, is vital for preventing Hamas' strengthening and force buildup through outside assistance. A precondition for successful reconstruction is neutralizing Hamas' negative impact and denying it veto power by means of serious damage to its terror infrastructures and its military capabilities. Dr. Kobi Michael served as the deputy director and head of the Palestinian desk at the Ministry for Strategic Affairs. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Udi Dekel was head of the negotiations team with the Palestinians in the Annapolis process under the Olmert government.

2014-08-22 00:00:00

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