Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that the Palestinian Authority will not be allowed to control Gaza, even after the conflict between Israel and Hamas ends. During a press conference in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu emphasized the need for Israel to maintain “security control” over Gaza to prevent any new authority from teaching children to “hate Israel.”
According to Netanyahu, Hamas has lost control of the northern portion of the Gaza Strip, leaving them with no safe place to hide. He assured the public that Israeli forces will continue their mission until all Hamas terrorists are eliminated, and the safety of Israeli citizens is ensured. The Prime Minister also expressed his commitment to honoring the sacrifice and heroism of the fallen Israeli soldiers.
Netanyahu also outlined his long-term plan for Gaza, which includes the demilitarization, deradicalization, and rebuilding of the territory. He stressed that Israel does not seek to conquer, occupy, or govern Gaza, but it will establish a force capable of entering Gaza and eliminating threats to prevent the emergence of another entity like Hamas.
Furthermore, Netanyahu rejected the idea of the Palestinian Authority taking control of Gaza, citing concerns about educating children to hate Israel. He emphasized that there must be “security control” to prevent any authority that did not condemn the violence from taking over Gaza.
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in a devastating loss of life, with Israeli officials revising their estimates to about 1,200 citizens, mostly civilians, who have died in the retaliatory attack on Gaza. Palestinian health officials have reported over 11,000 deaths, including approximately 40% children, due to the extensive artillery and airstrikes in Gaza.
Netanyahu’s statements reflect Israel’s determination to ensure the safety and security of its citizens while addressing the long-term implications of the conflict. The Prime Minister’s commitment to maintaining “security control” in Gaza underscores Israel’s resolve to prevent future threats and safeguard the region’s stability.
As the situation continues to unfold, it is essential to closely monitor developments and seek sustainable solutions to address the root causes of the conflict. The international community plays a crucial role in supporting efforts to de-escalate tensions, promote peace, and facilitate constructive dialogue between all parties involved. It is only through collective action and a commitment to peace that a lasting resolution to the conflict can be achieved.