US says it shares Gallant’s ‘concern’ over lack of post-war plans for Gaza

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant during a press conference in Tel Aviv. December 16, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant during a press conference in Tel Aviv. December 16, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration welcomes Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to advance a plan for the post-war governance of the Gaza Strip.

Gallant warned in an address earlier this evening that failing to find a replacement for Hamas will undermine Israel’s military achievements, as the terror group would be able to regroup and reassert control of Gaza.

“We share the defense minister’s concern that Israel has not developed any plans for holding and governing territory the IDF clears, thereby allowing Hamas to regenerate in those areas. This is a concern because our objective is to see Hamas defeated,” a senior Biden administration official tells The Times of Israel in a statement.

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