Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned this Monday that Israel will be in charge of the security of Gaza indefinitely once the war they are waging in that Palestinian territory ends.
“I believe that Israel will have, for an indefinite period, overall responsibility for security because we have seen what happens when we don’t have it,” Netanyahu said in an excerpt from the interview with the American network ABC that is broadcast tonight.
“When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is an eruption of Hamas terror on a scale we couldn’t imagine,” he added.
The Israeli Prime Minister responded this way when asked who should govern Gaza once the war ends, to which he replied: “Those who do not want to follow the path of Hamas.”
Netanyahu also recalled that his Government does not see the possibility of a ceasefire in Gaza, unless the more than 240 hostages that the Islamist group Hamas took after the October 7 attack on Israeli territory are released.
“There will be no general ceasefire without the release of hostages,” said the prime minister, although he detailed that his Government will carry out “small tactical pauses” of “one hour” to allow access for humanitarian aid.
One month after the outbreak of the war between Israel and the Palestinian militias led by Hamas, the death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip according to data from this Monday already exceeds 10,000, more than 70% of them women, children and seniors.