Netanyahu: We’re allowing ‘minimum’ amount of aid necessary in order to prevent Gaza humanitarian crisis

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Humanitarian aid trucks heading to Gaza on January 4, 2024. (COGAT)
Humanitarian aid trucks heading to Gaza on January 4, 2024. (COGAT)

Answering a question about humanitarian aid, Netanyahu says that Israel is only allowing in the absolute “minimum” amount necessary to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

He says this is required in order to enable Israel to continue fighting in Gaza.

Turning back to the rule of Gaza after the war, he says he “would be happy to find Gazans” to run civil affairs in the Strip, and states in the region to help with Gaza’s rehabilitation, but that this is unlikely to happen until Hamas is defeated, because potential alternatives will be afraid to “get a bullet in the head” from the terror group’s gunmen.

“Until Hamas is eliminated, it will be very hard for you to start activating ‘the day after’ [arrangements],” he says.

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