Israel plans to maintain significant security control over Gaza after war — official

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

A handout photo distributed on November 5, 2023, shows IDF soldiers operating in the Gaza Strip. (Israel Defense Forces)
A handout photo distributed on November 5, 2023, shows IDF soldiers operating in the Gaza Strip. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israel intends to maintain significant control over the Gaza Strip even after the war, an Israeli official says.

“I don’t see any situation in which Israel doesn’t have ultimate security responsibility in Gaza,” says the official in a Hebrew-language briefing with Israeli reporters at the Kirya in Tel Aviv.

The official adds that after Hamas is toppled, “it won’t be enough to do just a rehabilitation of Gaza.”

“It must go through a process of ‘de-Nazification,'” continues the official. “This culture [of seeking to kill Jews] still exists in the Palestinian Authority.”

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