Netanyahu notes there are disagreements with US over ‘the day after Hamas’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 27, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 27, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

In comments seemingly aimed at US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that he will not allow Israel to “repeat the mistakes of Oslo,” referring to the Oslo Accords in the 1990s widely seen in Israel as a failure.

After Biden said last night that he largely disagrees with Netanyahu although he supports Israel and its war against Hamas, the prime minister admits that there are disagreements over the vision for a post-war Gaza.

“I deeply appreciate the American support for destroying Hamas and bringing back our hostages,” Netanyahu says in a Hebrew video statement. “After intensive dialogue with President Biden and his people, we received full support for the ground operation and for curbing international pressure to end the war.”

“Yes, there is a disagreement when it comes to ‘the day after Hamas,’ and I hope we will come to an agreement here too,” Netanyahu adds. “I want to clarify my position: I will not allow Israel to repeat the mistake of Oslo.”

“It can’t be that after the enormous sacrifice of our citizens and fighters, we will let into Gaza those who teach terror, support terror, finance terror,” the prime minister adds, an apparent reference to the idea of the Palestinian Authority ruling Gaza. “Gaza will not be Hamas-stan nor Fatah-stan.”

Netanyahu has come under criticism today for purported comments comparing Oslo to the Hamas assault of October 7.

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