The United States has openly opposed the establishment of a buffer zone within the Gaza Strip, asserting that such a move would contravene its principle that the Palestinian territory's size should not be reduced post-conflict. This position was conveyed by State Department spokesman Matthew Miller during a daily press briefing.
Upholding Gaza's Territorial Integrity
Miller emphasized that one of the key U.S. stances concerning the post-war situation in Gaza is the preservation of the territory's current dimensions. He stressed that any proposal for a buffer zone that would impinge on Gaza's land would be a violation of this principle. The ongoing conflict, which erupted on October 7 following an attack by Hamas militants, has already caused significant damage and loss of life.
Speculation Around an International Force
When questioned about the potential deployment of an international force in Gaza after the cessation of combat operations, Miller responded by stating that while a transition period will be necessary, it is premature to provide specifics on what this might entail. He assured that dialogues on this matter are being held with allies and regional partners, with the U.S. primarily focused on shaping the post-conflict landscape in Gaza.
No further information was offered on the nature of these discussions or the potential framework for international presence in the region. However, Miller’s statements underscore the U.S. commitment to maintaining the territorial integrity of the Gaza Strip and the ongoing efforts to manage the aftermath of the conflict.