Netanyahu Pushes Again on Concept of Palestinian Authority Working Gaza

Netanyahu Pushes Back on Idea of Palestinian Authority Running Gaza


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel mentioned that his nation should retain safety management over the Gaza Strip “for so long as needed” and hinted that he noticed no future administrative function there for the Western-backed Palestinian Authority — not less than in its present type.

Talking at a televised information convention on Saturday night time, Mr. Netanyahu went additional than he had earlier than in publicly laying out his imaginative and prescient for Gaza after Israel’s army marketing campaign there towards Hamas, which controls the enclave, ends. He mentioned that the Palestinian enclave should be “demilitarized” and that Israel should have the flexibility to enter Gaza at will to cope with perceived threats there.

His remarks gave the impression to be considerably at odds with the Biden administration, which final week made it clear that there ought to be no Israeli “re-occupation” of Gaza. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken left open the potential of a “transition interval” after the struggle, however mentioned that ultimately Gaza’s administration “should embrace Palestinian-led governance and Gaza unified with the West Financial institution below the Palestinian Authority.”

Israel has been imprecise on who may administer Gaza if and when Hamas is ousted, even because it comes below growing worldwide criticism for the humanitarian disaster and spiraling demise toll from its airstrikes and subsequent floor invasion of the enclave. Greater than 11,000 folks have been killed in Gaza since Oct. 7, in line with Gazan well being officers.

The struggle was prompted by a cross-border assault by Hamas on Oct. 7 through which an estimated 1,200 folks have been killed and about 240 extra have been taken as hostages to Gaza, in line with Israeli officers. Israel’s said targets for the struggle are to dismantle Hamas’s army capabilities and talent to rule Gaza, in addition to to carry the hostages again house.

However on Saturday, Mr. Netanyahu hinted that the Western-backed Palestinian Authority wouldn’t deal with civilian affairs in Gaza until it adjustments a few of its conduct and until its chief, President Mahmoud Abbas, forthrightly condemns the Oct. 7 assault towards Israel — one thing Mr. Abbas has avoided doing up to now.

Mr. Netanyahu didn’t point out the authority by title however mentioned there could be no civil function for an administration that teaches hatred of Israel to youngsters, pays cash to assailants convicted of assaults towards Israelis and has not condemned the Hamas assault — all frequent Israeli accusations towards the Palestinian Authority, which workout routines restricted self-rule in elements of the occupied West Financial institution.

“The bloodbath of Oct. 7 proved as soon as and for all that in each place that Israel doesn’t have safety management, terrorism entrenches itself,” Mr. Netanyahu mentioned. “Ultimately it comes again to hit us, and that’s additionally true of Judea and Samaria,” he added, referring to the West Financial institution by its biblical names.

That, he mentioned, is why he won’t agree to surrender safety management of Gaza “below any circumstances.”

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Mr. Abbas, emphasised on Sunday that any Israeli try to separate Gaza from the West Financial institution was destined to fail. In an obvious response to Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks, Mr. Abu Rudeineh mentioned in feedback carried by Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority information company, that “the consolidation of Israel’s occupation within the West Financial institution, Gaza and East Jerusalem wouldn’t carry safety to anybody.”

Mr. Abu Rudeineh added that stability would solely be achieved by ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an unbiased Palestinian state in these areas.

Mr. Netanyahu, a conservative and Israel’s longest serving prime minister, has been prosecuting the struggle amid plummeting approval scores. The ultranationalist events that make up a key a part of his governing coalition don’t see the Palestinian Authority as a companion, and after the Oct. 7 assaults, there’s a broad consensus amongst Israelis that Hamas should be ousted from Gaza — regardless that its full elimination will most certainly show unattainable.

The view within the Israeli authorities is that as long as Mr. Abbas has indirectly condemned Hamas for the Oct. 7 assaults, any settlement to put in his authority in Gaza as a alternative for the group would make Mr. Netanyahu look weak within the eyes of many Israelis, in line with an Israeli authorities official who was not licensed to talk overtly about inner discussions.