ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Netanyahu indicates that Israel not planning to keep troops inside Gaza after war

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Troops of the IDF's 14th Brigade operate in the Gaza Strip, in an image published by the army on November 15, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops of the IDF's 14th Brigade operate in the Gaza Strip, in an image published by the army on November 15, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicates that the IDF doesn’t plan to keep soldiers inside of Gaza after the war even if Israel will maintain security control over the Strip for the foreseeable future.

“I’m not sure of keeping troops inside. And in fact, it’s not particularly necessary because it’s very small,” Netanyahu tells NPR.

As for who will govern Gaza after the war, “We need a cultural change in any civilian administration in Gaza. It can’t be committed to funding terrorism,” Netanyahu says, in a swipe at the Palestinian Authority.

He says Israel will not be able to accept anyone who shares Hamas’s goals and the terror group’s inculcation of teaching Palestinian children that Israel has to be destroyed.

“For the foreseeable future, Israeli overall military responsibility. But there also has to be a civilian government there,” he clarifies.

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