The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahustated this Friday that the Army of His country will continue to control Gaza after the war with the Hamas terrorists.
Neyanyahu confirmed this in a meeting with the mayors of the cities bordering Gaza, in what was the first group meeting he has held with them since the beginning of the war.
“The Israel Defense Forces will continue to control the Strip, we will not hand it over to international forces”the prime minister told the southern mayors, according to a statement from his spokesperson.
U.S. officials had floated the idea in recent weeks that some kind of international force, possibly with troops from neighboring Arab allies, would manage security in the Gaza Strip for an interim period until it can be returned to a functioning Palestinian government, which Washington hopes it will be the Palestinian Authority.
The mayors told Netanyahu that they want a different security once the war is over and urged him to not accept a ceasefire until the last Gaza terrorist diesaccording to a statement from the prime minister’s spokesman.
The prime minister also promised the mayors that the government will supply Gaza border towns financial assistance to compensate for the damage suffered during the massacre of October 7.
Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel has no intention of occupying or governing Gaza, amid a military offensive against the Palestinian enclave controlled by Hamas terrorists.
“The Israeli Army is acting in an extraordinary way“said Netanyahu in an interview with the American network FoxNews, He added: “Our goal is not to govern Gaza. Our goal is not to occupy it, but to offer a better future for both them and us.”.
“I think it is clear what the future of Gaza has to be like. Hamas has to disappear, we have to destroy Hamas, not only for our own good, but for the good of all. “For the sake of civilization, for the sake of Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
Days ago, the president defended that Israel assume “for a indeterminate duration global responsibility for security” in Gaza to prevent a resurgence of Hamas.
Netanyahu insisted that a ceasefire is not an option, although operations in Loop have lasted “longer than expected.”
“A ceasefire with Hamas means surrender to Hamas, surrender to terror and the victory of Iran’s axis of terror“So there will be no ceasefire without the release of the Israeli hostages,” Netanyahu said.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)