US, allies said mulling pushing Abbas aside to give PA post-war role in Gaza

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, left, meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, in Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/Pool Photo via AP)
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, left, meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, in Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/Pool Photo via AP)

The US is leading a group of some 10 nations trying to find solutions to end the Gaza war and install a stable government in the Strip after the conflict, The New York Times reports.

The efforts are working on three tracks that include a hostage release and ceasefire, overhauling the Palestinian Authority, and Saudi normalization with Israel in return for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The report says that a number of ideas are being considered, but acknowledges that some of them are “provisional, long shots or strongly opposed by some parties.”

Among the ideas being considered is “transferring power within the Palestinian Authority from the incumbent president, Mahmoud Abbas, to a new prime minister, while letting Mr. Abbas retain a ceremonial role.”

They are also considering sending an “Arab peacekeeping force to Gaza to bolster a new Palestinian administration there.”

They are also considering “passing a UN Security Council resolution, backed by the United States, that would recognize the Palestinians’ right to statehood,” the report says.

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