February 24, 2024

Israel and US officials propose expelling lower-level Hamas terrorists from the Gaza Strip to end the war and prevent future conflict. The plan involves creating “Hamas-free safe zones” ruled by a new Gaza-based authority backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This proposal aims to provide an exit strategy for the terrorists and make it easier to rebuild Gaza after the war. However, it is unclear if Hamas terrorists would accept the option to leave Gaza if it was offered. The proposal was compared to a 1982 deal in which Yasser Arafat and other Palestinian terrorists left Lebanon for Tunisia. Israeli officials have also mentioned the possibility of creating a “Gaza Restoration Authority” supported by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to rebuild a Hamas-free Gaza.