Challenges and Controversies Surrounding the Future Leadership of the Gaza Strip

Recent developments in the Gaza Strip have sparked discussions about the potential replacement of the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership and the establishment of a new administration to govern the region post-war. Sources within the Fatah movement suggest that the U.S. and Israel are in talks about a plan, but conflicting visions between Hamas and the PA leadership complicate matters.

The aftermath of the conflict in the Gaza Strip prompts regional and international entities to consider the “day after” scenario.

Israel’s stated goal of overthrowing Hamas and the Biden administration’s push for PA control has led to a complex geopolitical landscape.

The Biden administration anticipates Israel’s success in eliminating Hamas influence and seeks to position the PA as the entity to reclaim control.

However, Israel opposes this due to concerns about the PA’s security weakness, corruption, support for terrorism, and incitement against Israel.

President Biden’s recent statement suggests support for a “new PA” to govern the Gaza Strip post-war.

Sources in the Fatah movement reveal ongoing discussions between Arab entities, the Biden administration, and the PA regarding comprehensive leadership reform without elections.

One proposal involves pressuring Mahmoud Abbas to step down, retaining a PLO chairmanship, and relocating to Amman.

The aim is to facilitate a new PA leadership that aligns with U.S. interests and gains Israeli approval.

Discussions involve figures like Muhammad Dahlan and Nasser Al-Kidwa, both political rivals of Mahmoud Abbas. The Biden administration aims to shift the political focus to Gaza, seeking figures with international support, including former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Simultaneously, Fatah members engage in discussions with Hamas leadership abroad about potential integration into a new Palestinian government, with the condition of disbanding its military arm.

As of now, there is no agreed plan between Israel and the Biden administration for Gaza’s future control.

While the Hamas leadership remains adamant about retaining power, the international community sees its rule as unsustainable.

Mahmoud Abbas, at 88, shows no intention of resigning, posing a challenge to the Biden administration’s reform plans for the PA.


The Gaza Strip faces a critical juncture, demanding a new leadership to guide its recovery post-conflict.

The ongoing diplomatic efforts aim to navigate the complex regional dynamics, with uncertainties surrounding the feasibility of the proposed leadership changes and the future political landscape of the Gaza Strip.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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