Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out the return of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to power in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip after the war, according to several Israeli media outlets. This comes despite American President Joe Biden’s call for a reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under the governance of a “revitalized Palestinian Authority”.
Netanyahu argued that the current form of the PA is not capable of taking responsibility for Gaza after the conflict. “After we fought and did all this (in Gaza), how could we give it to them?”, he said according to the Jerusalem Post. He went further on Sunday, accusing Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PA, of denying the massacre at the “Tribe of Nova” festival, as well as refusing to condemn Hamas’ 44-day massacre.
According to Haaretz and I24News, Netanyahu also accused Abbas of denying Israel’s role in causing collateral casualties during an Israeli armed forces helicopter attack on Hamas terrorists while trying to eliminate them from attacking a festival. Information that was not verified by Parisian sources.
Netanyahu declared that in the aftermath of Hamas’ elimination, Israel will not allow any authority that runs Gaza’s civilian administration to deny terrorism or support it, pay for it or educate its children for it.