Next steps: what happens after Gaza?


Haaretz this morning runs an article about what Israel is planning to do once the offensive finishes.

They mention, amongst the expected and inevitable flood of information, that Herzog – the Israeli government’s newly-appointed shuttle diplomat – is already up and running in liaising with governments and NGOs to build bridges and forge alliances:


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has appointed Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog as government coordinator between Israeli and Palestinian aid agencies.


Wednesday, Herzog convened the first meeting in his new capacity with representatives of the Foreign Ministry, other government ministries and the IDF. Today he will meet with the secretary general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the International Red Cross, to hear their requests on humanitarian issues.


Plus – a drop-in at the end – the Palestinian Health Authority has granted tentative approval for upping the number of Gaza casualties being treated in Israel. Hopefully we’ll see positive stats on this very soon.