International Intervention in Gaza: Options and Obstacles

TitelInternational Intervention in Gaza: Options and Obstacles
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelUnited States Institute of Peace Briefing
AutorInnenLasensky, S
VerlagUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP)

The international response to the Hamas takeover of Gaza has largely focused on building support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, including announcements by the United States and the EU that the 15-month aid embargo was ending, with assistance to be channeled through the "emergency" government led by Salam Fayyad. But the Hamas takeover has also led to a variety of calls for greater international intervention in Gaza, well beyond the work of the UN and other aid agencies, the Egyptian mediation team, and the European Union monitoring force at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
President Abbas discussed the idea of an international force in Gaza with several leaders. Others have also weighed in with both vague and specific proposals. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon suggested that the international community explore the idea of intervention; so too has EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was more specific, proposing an international force along the Gaza-Egypt border to stop rampant arms trafficking. The Israeli foreign minister said such a force should be willing to confront Hamas.
Behind these various calls for intervention lie divergent conceptions and competing agendas. This USIPeace Briefing examines the demands, options, and obstacles for international intervention and provides recommendations for the United States and the international community. Policy planners-in the region and in the international community-should be developing guidelines for possible intervention scenarios.

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