I have been concerned about Israel’s invasion of Gaza and the lack of a plan for the territory and its people after any victory. After spending time in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, I am even more worried.
The destruction of structures in Gaza is necessary to eliminate Hamas and their vast tunnel network. Israel is under pressure to quickly demilitarize Gaza without losing many of their own soldiers.
Hamas broke the cease-fire and committed acts of barbarism, causing Israel to retaliate. However, Israel’s actions have resulted in the deaths and injuries of innocent Gazan civilians. Israel will be responsible for the massive humanitarian disaster that will take years to fix.
Rebuilding Gaza will require a multibillion-dollar effort, but no country is willing to provide funds unless Israel commits to a two-state solution and has a legitimate Palestinian partner.
Saudi Arabia is committed to resuming negotiations with Israel after the war ends, but they want the war to end quickly due to its negative effects on their population and their plans for transformation.
Israel needs a long-term political vision to attract international support for the rebuilding of Gaza, or they will face diplomatic and economic consequences.
Saudi Arabia, as well as other Arab countries, is unsentimental about the Palestinian-Israel conflict and wants to focus on their own priorities. However, they are also horrified by the civilian losses in Gaza and the corruption of the Palestinian Authority.
There are political battles happening on social media surrounding the Palestine issue, with some criticizing Saudi Arabia for their entertainment events while Gaza is suffering.
Overall, there needs to be a resolution to the conflict that includes a two-state solution and a legitimate Palestinian partner for long-term stability in the region.