By Mac Slavo
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel will have to manage “overall security” in Gaza for an “indefinite” period of time after the current war with Hamas ends. That kind of occupation, however, will likely ensure the war never ends.
These rulers have to know what they are doing when they rile each other up and start instigating more violence. While speaking to ABC News during an interview that was published on Monday, Netanyahu was asked about Israel’s long-term plans for the territory should it succeed in dismantling Hamas, suggesting the need for a lengthy deployment.
“I think Israel will, for an indefinite period, have the overall security responsibility [in Gaza] because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it,” he said. “When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine.”
This seems to be a turn in policy regarding this war, based on previous comments made by other members of Israel’s ruling class. In announcing a major ground assault on the Palestinian enclave last month, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that Israeli troops must not be responsible for “day-to-day life in the Gaza Strip.” Gallant has said that while Israel would establish a new “security reality” in the area after the current war, he suggested it would seek to hand off post-conflict governance to a third party.
During a recent interview with CBS, and as reported by The Hill, United States ruler Joe Biden said the occupation of Gaza would not be a good idea. “It would be a mistake… for Israel to occupy… Gaza again,” he said. “But going in… but taking out the extremists, the Hezbollah is up north but Hamas down south, is a necessary requirement.”
So far, more than 10,000 Palestinians have died in the war and it doesn’t look like its letting up anytime soon.
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