Title: Arab World Urged to Take Responsibility for Gaza’s Future as Israel Crushes Hamas
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In the midst of Israel’s crushing operation against Hamas, the Arab world has been urged to step up and demonstrate its commitment to the Palestinian cause by taking responsibility for Gaza’s future. With Israeli leaders showing little interest in maintaining control over the impoverished and oppressed enclave, a political vacuum is emerging, offering an opportunity for Arab leaders to build something akin to a functioning Palestinian state.
While most Gazans do not desire a return to Israeli administration, the question of how this new arrangement would work with Hamas still in control remains uncertain. However, Arab leaders are being encouraged to embrace the founding principle of broad responsibility for Gaza’s future.
This option not only provides a chance for the Arab world to finally support Palestinian statehood but is also deemed less expensive than previous wars and funding the Palestinian Authority. As such, it presents an opportune moment for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain to join forces with Egypt—due to its geographic proximity and historical involvement—to help fund and administer post-war Gaza.
Although Qatar has provided financial assistance to Gaza, it is crucial that neutral officials oversee the proper spending of these funds. Moreover, Gazans require several years of freedom to begin rebuilding their civil society, making this a critical juncture for Arab leaders to channel their support towards this endeavor.
While Israel must implement certain security measures to prevent terrorism, there is an urgent need for Arab leaders to capitalize on this long-overdue chance to shape a sustainable future for the Palestinians. By embracing the responsibility for Gaza’s future and actively working towards building a functioning Palestinian state, the Arab world can demonstrate its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian cause.
As the world watches the Israeli offensive unfold, the time has come for the Arab world to seize this historic opportunity. The hope of many is that these efforts will lead to a better future for Palestinians in Gaza, with the Arab world playing a pivotal role in supporting their aspirations for an independent homeland.