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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 08:04 IST

'Prevented establishment of Palestinian state': Netanyahu asserts stance on Gaza control post-war

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had pledged Gaza's disarmament, opposing Palestinian control to ensure regional stability and secure lasting peace.

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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas. | Image:AP
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently reiterated his stance on the control of Gaza, underlining the imperative of ‘demilitarisation’ and firmly rejecting the reintegration of Palestinian authority into the strip, as per media reports on December 17. 

In a statement, as per reports, addressing concerns about Gaza's future post-war, Netanyahu vowed to prevent the transformation of 'Hamastan' into 'Fatahstan,' staunchly opposing any educational efforts fostering anti-Israel sentiments among the youth.

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Thwarting Palestinian authority influence in Gaza

During a conversation, Netanyahu underscored his commitment to thwarting the Palestinian Authority's influence in Gaza, particularly highlighting a survey indicating that 82 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank justified the attacks on Israel. He adamantly opposed the idea of granting control over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, asserting, “I won't let that happen.”

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Addressing the vision for Gaza after the conflict, Netanyahu reiterated the necessity of demilitarisation and affirmed the Israeli Defense Forces' role in ensuring security within the region. He stressed, "I said there will be demilitarisation. I said the IDF will be responsible for security in the Gaza Strip because there is no other factor that will ensure the fight against terrorism. And I can tell you that there will be a civil government that does not educate its children to destroy Israel... I'm very clear on this.”

Role of military pressure in hostage release and northern border situation

Additionally, Netanyahu also spoke about the pivotal role of military pressure in securing the release of hostages during recent truces, emphasising its crucial importance for future negotiations. He firmly asserted that without such pressure, meaningful progress remains unattainable.

In light of the prevailing diplomatic situation on Israel's northern border post-IDF's victory over Hamas, Netanyahu underscored the need for a comprehensive strategy. He highlighted the displacement of nearly 100,000 Israelis from their homes due to ongoing conflicts, indicating the necessity of addressing the northern border situation once Hamas is neutralised.

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Stand on Oslo accords and Palestinian state

Regarding the Oslo Accords and the establishment of a Palestinian state, Netanyahu stood by his opposition, expressing pride in preventing what he deemed a potential mistake. He stated, "I'm proud that I prevented the establishment of a Palestinian state," emphasising his belief that yielding to international pressures for a Palestinian state would have resulted in an unfavourable outcome akin to the situation in Gaza.

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 08:04 IST

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