After the recent conflict in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out any return of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to power in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. This decision was made following a call from American President Joe Biden for a reunification of the two territories under the governance of a “revitalized Palestinian Authority.” However, Netanyahu disagrees with this proposal.
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu expressed his frustration with the current state of the Palestinian Authority and its ability to take responsibility for Gaza after their role in the conflict. He argued that it would be difficult for Israel to give control of Gaza back to them after everything they had done.
On Sunday, Netanyahu went further by accusing Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PA, of denying the massacre at the “Tribe of Nova” Festival. According to Israeli media Haaretz and I24News, Netanyahu also accused Abbas of not condemning Hamas’ 44-day massacre and now denying its existence. The Israeli Prime Minister is referring to a statement from the PA which claims that an Israeli armed forces helicopter caused several collateral casualties while trying to eliminate Hamas terrorists who were attacking the festival. This information was not verified by Parisian media.
Netanyahu also declared that after eliminating Hamas, Israel will not allow anyone who runs the civilian administration of Gaza to deny terrorism or support terrorism, pay for terrorism or educate their children on terrorism and destruction of Israel.