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Abbas is ready to rule Gaza, Netanyahu: ‘Not on my watch’

Sources in the Palestinian Authority told Sky News Arabia that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is ready to take control of the Gaza Strip.

  • In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated: “As long as I am the Prime Minister of Israel, that won’t happen. Whoever teaches their children terrorism, funds terrorism, and supports the families of terrorists, can not rule Gaza after we eliminate Hamas.
  • Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionism) congratulated the Prime Minister on his stance: “Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your clear stance. Whoever teaches their children terrorism, funds terrorism, and supports the families of terrorists, can not rule Gaza, and endangers us in Judea and Samaria as well. Kfar Saba won’t be Kfar Aza.”

Since the war began, Israel has been under pressure, mostly from the US, to agree that at the end of the war, the Palestinian Authority would receive control of the Gaza Strip.

Secretary of State Blinken repeated the issue several times, and President Biden made clear in a collum in the Washington Post that after the war, the PA needs to be the government body in the Gaza Strip after undergoing a substantial reformation.

According to him, the reformation is needed to strengthen it, to make it stable, and to allow for it to rule Gaza the day after.

Biden emphasized that in the end, Gaza and the PA need to unite “a single governance structure, ultimately under a revitalized Palestinian Authority, as we all work toward a two-state solution.”

Source: Arutz Sheva