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The military in Gaza reported deadly midnight strikes on Friday. Israel’s minister of defence has now made plans for the post-war administration of Gaza public for the first time. The plan for the “day after” that Defence Minister Yoav Gallant presented with the media late on Thursday has not yet been approved by Israel’s war cabinet. It states that future Jewish settlements in Gaza will be rejected and that neither Israel nor the Palestinians will rule the territory. The general framework of the minister’s plan was revealed the night before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s fourth visit to the area following the October 7 bombing that started the war. Many people are concerned about what will happen to the besieged Palestinian area in the future, especially as calls for a ceasefire after over three months of brutal fighting have increased.
According to Anadolu, the US has deemed it futile for South Africa to file a genocide lawsuit against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming that no acts of “genocide” have been witnessed. According to State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, “We don’t think it’s productive,” he told reporters. Miller stated, “Genocide is, of course, a heinous atrocity, one of the most heinous atrocities that any individual can commit,” emphasising that such claims “should not made lightly”. Miller however note that the US is “not seeing any acts that constitute genocide.” When asked if it believed that any war crimes had been committed, Miller responded, “We continue to collect information and gather it as we always do, but I don’t have an assessment to offer.”
After killing Hamas deputy head Saleh Al Arouri in Lebanon with a drone strike, Israel’s spy director pledged on Wednesday to hold the terrorist organisation accountable for its attacks against Israel. According to David Barnea, the Mossad espionage organisation “is committed to settling the score with the murderers who descended upon the Gaza envelope on October 7″ and with Hamas. “It will take time, just like after the Munich [incident], but we will lay our hands on them wherever they will be.” Barnea gave a speech during the funeral of Zvi Zamir, the former head of Mossad who directed Israel’s reprisals against Palestinian militant organisations following the massacre on Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich in 1972.
A special military aircraft from Pakistan arrived at El-Arish International Airport in Egypt with 20 tonnes of much needed medical and humanitarian supplies for the people of Gaza. The aid was sent to the Egyptian Red Crescent Society by representatives of the Pakistani embassy in Egypt, who then arranged for its transfer to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Gaza. Thus far, Pakistan has sent over 200 tonnes of medical and humanitarian aid to the Gaza population. An Israeli government official has announced that Israel will go before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to refute South Africa’s allegations of genocide related to the fighting with Hamas in Gaza.
Pakistan and India, who have been bitter adversaries since their independence in 1947, renewed their years-long agreement on Monday by exchanging lists of prisoners as well as nuclear plants and infrastructure. Following their separation from the British, the two countries exchange prisoner lists on January 1st and July 1st of every year. They also communicate information about nuclear plants and facilities on the first day of the calendar year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that, among other things, the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India stipulates that both nations must notify one another of any nuclear installations and facilities that fall under its purview.
With no sign of an end in sight to the worst Israeli assault on Gaza, Palestinians mark the end of a difficult year on Sunday. To the dismay of the Palestinians who are still alive, Israel has not stopped its airstrikes, artillery fire, or ground combat with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “We were hoping that 2024 would arrive under better auspices and that we would be able to celebrate the new year at home with our families,” Mahmoud Abou Shahma stated in a camp for internally displaced people in Rafah, near the border with Egypt. The 33-year-old from Khan Yunis stated, “We hope that the war will end and that we will be able to return to our homes and live in peace.”
The UN has urged Israel to “end unlawful killings” of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and issued a warning that the region’s human rights situation is getting worse due to unprecedented levels of violence. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk warned that the situation in the occupied West Bank is “rapidly deteriorating” against the backdrop of the Gaza conflict. Images of bulldozers in refugee camps, captives stripped naked and spat at, and farmers robbed of their produce were among the scenes. Turk voiced concerns about Israel’s use of military force and firearms by law enforcement, movement limitations that harm Palestinians, and a rapid surge in settler violence that results in the displacement of herding communities in his remarks on a recent report on the West Bank produced by his office, OHCHR.
According to Al Jazeera, which cited information from Israel’s Channel 13, Israel has suggested a new prisoner exchange agreement to mediator Qatar through the United States. As per Channel 13, as part of the agreement, Israel would first evacuate its troops from heavily populated areas of the Gaza Strip and permit a greater amount of supplies to enter the enclave. In the second phase, as Israel retreats deeper into regions to be worked out through US and Qatari mediation, Hamas would free female Israeli prisoners, including female soldiers and the bodies of Israeli troops who had died. Since the plan does not demand a complete truce while captives are being exchanged, the media outlet claimed that Hamas has “so far rejected this proposal.”
On Wednesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan compared Israel’s assaults on Gaza to the Nazi persecution of the Jewish people, saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was no different from Adolf Hitler. Supporting a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem, Turkey, a member of NATO, has denounced Israel’s air and ground assault on Gaza, referring to it as a “terror state” and asserting that its leaders ought to face trial in international courts. Erdogan sharpened his rhetoric, saying that Western nations that support Israel were participants in what he called war crimes and that Turkey would welcome scholars and scientists who were being persecuted for their opinions on the situation in Gaza. They used to criticise Hitler. How are you different from Hitler?