The Israel-Gaza conflict has taken a grave toll on both the region and its inhabitants. The conflict has earned international attention and raised questions about what will come next. Now comes news that US partners are discussing the possibility of foreign troops serving as peacekeeping forces in Gaza following Israel’s war with Gaza.
According to reports, the US, European nations, and United Nations officials are holding discussions on the possibility of deploying a larger international force in Gaza as a peacekeeping force. The foreign peacekeepers would be tasked with monitoring the cease fire currently in place and enforcing a no-fly zone over Gaza.
The foreign peacekeepers would also carry out specific tasks in Gaza that are not currently being done by either the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip or Israel. These tasks could include providing humanitarian aid, checking distribution of tools and supplies, and providing general assistance to Palestinians in Gaza.
Additionally, the US has been in contact with several Middle Eastern countries to determine their role in a potential force. While the details of such a force have yet to be determined, a recent White House press release revealed that potential tasks could include restoring the rule of law in all Palestinian areas of Gaza and providing assistance in rebuilding infrastructure.
The Israeli government has also expressed support for the possibility of this foreign force. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated his belief that it is important for peace that all states in the region “take their share in providing security and stability, and that the Else we will not make peace between ourselves and the Palestinians”.
The presence of a foreign peacekeeping force, however, brings with it practical and political implications. deployment through US forces should be seen as necessary steps to bring about a lasting peace between Israel and Gaza.
The conflict between Israel and Gaza is one of the most complex conflicts, with implications far outside the region. The possibility of a foreign force in Gaza is the latest attempt to bring order to the chaotic situation that has plagued Palestinians for decades. While it remains to be seen whether or not a larger foreign force will enter Gaza, any serious attempt of peace is a sign of hope for the future of the Middle East.