Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that his country would “take global responsibility for security” in the Gaza Strip after the war with the extremist Palestinian group Hamas is over. He also reiterated that there will be no ceasefire.
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Netanyahu stated during an interview on the American channel ABC News that “they do not want to continue on the path of Hamas” and will govern the Gaza Strip after the war.
“Israel will assume overall responsibility for security” in the Palestinian territory for an indefinite period of time, the prime minister said. “Because we have seen what happens when we don’t have that responsibility. Then we contribute to Hamas terror on an unimaginable scale.”
No ceasefire, possible tactical pauses
Netanyahu also again rejected the idea of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip before Hamas releases the hostages kidnapped on October 7.
“Without the release of the hostages, there will be no general ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,” he said. “In terms of tactical pauses – an hour here, an hour there – we can explore the possibilities of bringing in humanitarian supplies and getting individual hostages out.” Moreover, a general ceasefire does not fit Tel Aviv’s war strategy, as “Hamas criminals only understand military pressure.”
Just on Monday, Netanyahu spoke by telephone with US President Joe Biden about temporary ceasefires in the war. According to the White House, they discussed “tactical pauses to allow civilians to flee, deliver humanitarian aid and allow for the release of hostages.”
When asked by the ABC News journalist, Netanyahu admitted that his government certainly bears responsibility for the large-scale attack by Hamas on October 7. She has clearly not fulfilled her promise to protect her people, it said.