Analyst: Creating technocratic government in Palestine unlikely to end war

The creation of a technocratic government in Palestine is theoretically possible, but it is unlikely to lead to an end to the war in Gaza, Tahani Mustafa, a senior analyst on Palestine at the International Crisis Group, told Report, commenting on the resignation of the Palestinian government.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ibrahim Shtayyeh and his government on February 26 submitted their resignations to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in what many observers see as the first step towards forming a new technocratic Palestinian Authority to govern the Palestinian territories and oversee the reconstruction of Gaza after the end of the conflict with Israel.

“The resignation of the government is connected with mediation efforts to end the war in the Gaza Strip, providing international guarantees for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from here and lifting the blockade on the Palestinian enclave,” President Mahmoud Abbas said. However, according to the analyst, creating a technocratic government will not actually solve key problems.

“The objective here is to essentially operationalize a lot of the plans that the US have had in terms of their day after post war thinking. Now, will this actually lead to a ceasefire agreement? I mean, I’m very skeptical just because we’ve seen the current Israeli administration mention that it wants no Palestinian state like entity, including the PA, to governing Gaza, in the day after. They have absolutely no faith in any Palestinian partner at this point,” she added.

“The conflict in Israel can only end through a ceasefire, renewal of the Palestinian leadership and organization of negotiations to resolve the issue of Palestinian self-determination,” Tahani Mustafa concluded.

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