Israeli President Isaac Herzog stated that the Israel cannot leave a vacuum in Gaza and must maintain a strong presence there for the foreseeable future to prevent the re-emergence of Hamas in the Palestinian enclave, the Financial Times reports today.
“If we withdraw, then who will take over? We cannot leave a gap. We have to think about what the mechanism will be. a lot of ideas are being put forward,” Herzog said in an interview with the British newspaper.
“But no one wants this place, Gaza, to turn into a terror base again”he added.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ABC News that Israel would be responsible for the enclave’s security “for an indefinite period” after the war, but the United States responded by saying the Palestinians should rule Gaza. once Israel ends its war against Hamas.
Herzog told the Financial Times that Israel’s government is discussing many ideas for how to govern Gaza once the war between Israel and Hamas ends, and added that he assumed the United States and “our neighbors in the region” would have some involvement in the formation of the post-war order.
US President Joe Biden said yesterday, Wednesday, that he made it clear to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a two-state solution is the only answer to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that occupying Gaza would be “a big mistake”.
Source: News Beast
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