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International officials name candidate to manage Gaza after the war

Diplomats put forward Salam Fayyad, former PA prime minister, as candidate to manage Gaza 'the day after'

Then-Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad addresses the media during a news conference in Ramallah, September 11, 2012. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/flash90

International officials have proposed Salam Fayyad, the former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, as a candidate to manage the Gaza Strip after the war, as was reported on Monday on the program, 'This Morning' with Aryeh Golan on the KAN network.

Fayyad, the PA's prime minister between 2007-2013, was considered responsible for establishing its institutions and served as finance minister and advisor to the International Monetary Fund.

In recent weeks, as part of the discussions regarding "the day after," diplomats brought up the name of Salam Fayyad as the person they would like to manage the Gaza Strip after the war, and even to receive a senior position in the "renewed Palestinian Authority," as the Americans defined it.

Some international officials involved in the talks have expressed interest in Fayyad. However, they emphasized that "in the end, it should be a Palestinian decision," according to sources familiar with the details.

The Wall Street Journal reported a few days ago that Fayyad is also involved in talks with Hamas, in an attempt to create a dialogue between the two parties.

The current prime minister of the PA, Mohammed Shtayyeh, said in an interview with Bloomberg a month ago that the PA is working together with the United States on a plan for the day after the war in Gaza.

According to Shtayyeh, Hamas could join the administration of the Gaza Strip as a junior partner. He claimed the Israeli goal of total elimination of Hamas is not realistic because Hamas exists not only in Gaza but also in Lebanon, Qatar and the West Bank.

In a Wall Street Journal article published about a week ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Israel's conditions for an agreement with the body that will control Gaza "the day after."

Netanyahu emphasized that Hamas must be destroyed, Gaza must be demilitarized, and extremism and incitement in Palestinian society must stop.

Amichai Stein is a political correspondent for KAN 11.

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