US will present “concrete ideas” on post-war Gaza: Blinken


Published: 2024-06-12 17:20

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 22:51

US will present “concrete ideas” on post-war Gaza: Blinken
US will present “concrete ideas” on post-war Gaza: Blinken

The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the US will present "concrete ideas" on post-war Gaza, as negotiations are currently underway between “Israel” and Hamas for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking from Qatar in the last stop of his regional tour, Blinken said the United States will present “key elements of the day-after planning including concrete ideas for how to manage governance, security, reconstruction in the coming weeks.”

Blinken said the proposals would cover how to handle governance, security and reconstruction.

Yesterday, Hamas submitted its response to Egyptian and Qatari mediators regarding the ceasefire proposal laid out by Biden at an earlier time.

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Hamas’ response includes amendments to the proposal, which include a complete withdrawal of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from the Gaza Strip, including the Rafah Border Crossing and the Philadelphi Corridor.

In response, Blinken said Hamas could have given a “clear and simple yes” but still voiced hope that the deal could be concluded by closing certain gaps.

“We believe that some of the requested changes are workable and some are not,” Blinken told reporters in Doha.

“And so we have to see on an urgent basis over the course of the coming days whether those gaps are bridgeable,” he added.

“We’re determined to try to bridge the gaps. And I believe those gaps are bridgeable…“That doesn’t mean they will be bridged because, ultimately, Hamas has to decide.”