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Netanyahu says Israel wants to ‘demilitarize’ area

Who will rule Gaza when Israel’s military offensive against Hamas ends? News agency AFP reported that after five weeks of conflict, the solution is still a mystery. Since 2007, Hamas, a Palestinian party with an armed wing, has administered the coastal enclave of about 2.4 million people, after which Israel imposed a strict ban regulating the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza. After street fighting with the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas regained control that year.

Late last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the PA should restore control of the Gaza Strip from Hamas, with foreign parties potentially taking action in the meantime.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Authority now enjoys partial administrative power.

However, in a meeting with Blinken earlier this month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the PA could assume control in Gaza only if a “comprehensive political solution” to the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict ” yes. Gaza Strip is found.

Blinken again last Wednesday referred to Gaza being under “Palestinian-led rule” and “integrated with the West Bank” under the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas, 88, has led the Palestinian Authority for 18 years and has been helpless to stop the rapid growth of Israeli settlements and military authority in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long marginalized the Palestinian Authority, told Fox News on Wednesday that his country does not intend to retake Gaza.

Israel occupied Gaza in 1967 and remained there until 2005, when it completed its departure, leaving local governance to the Palestinian Administration.

“We don’t want to rule Gaza. We don’t want to occupy it, but we want to give it and us a better future,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying by AFP in its report.

When pressed on his future plans for Gaza, Netanyahu said the impoverished and blockaded territory should be “demilitarized, de-radicalized and rebuilt.”

“We have to find a government, a civilian government that will be there,” he said, without specifying who might form it.

On October 7, Hamas militants stormed the heavily fortified border, killing about 1,200 people, mainly civilians, and taking about 240 captive.

According to Hamas’ health ministry in Gaza, Israel responded by bombing and launching a ground campaign, killing more than 11,000 people, including thousands of children.



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