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Blinken says Israeli plan for post-war Gaza is “imperative”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said an Israeli post-war plan for Gaza is “imperative” as he continues his Middle East tour pushing for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages taken. by Hamas.

The senior diplomat reiterated that his discussions with Israeli and Arab leaders will also prioritize plans for once the war ends in Gaza, where Israel’s military offensive has heavily damaged infrastructure and leveled neighborhoods.

“It is critical that we continue to work on plans for the day ahead, to ensure that when it comes to security in Gaza, when it comes to governance, when it comes to reconstruction, we have plans in place to move forward. This will be a critical part of my conversations here in the region,” said Blinken.

Asked by Kylie Atwoodfrom CNN if he is concerned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not have a plan to end hostilities, Blinken responded:

“In the absence of those plans, then one of three things – either Israel would have to stay, which it says it doesn’t want to do and we believe it shouldn’t do, and will likely have a major insurgency on its hands in the coming years. Or, leaving accumulated losses, Hamas returns. Or, we have a total vacuum and we only have chaos, lawlessness, criminality, jihadist groups, etc. Therefore, it is imperative that there is a plan.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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