ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 141

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Palestinian PM says won’t take over Gaza without solution that includes West Bank

File: PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh visits in the West Bank town of Huwara, near Nablus, March 1, 2023. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
File: PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh visits in the West Bank town of Huwara, near Nablus, March 1, 2023. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

If Israel removes Hamas’s leadership in the Gaza Strip, as it has vowed to do, the Palestinian Authority will not go back to governing the territory unless there’s a “comprehensive” solution involving the West Bank as well, the PA’s prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, says.

“To have the Palestinian Authority go to Gaza and run the affairs of Gaza without a political solution for the West Bank, as if this Palestinian Authority is going aboard an F-16 or an Israeli tank?” Shtayyeh tells the Guardian newspaper in an interview in his office in Ramallah.

“I don’t accept it. Our president [Mahmoud Abbas] does not accept it. None of us will accept it.”

“I think what we need is a comprehensive, peaceful vision,” he adds. “The West Bank needs a solution, and then link Gaza to it within the framework of a two-state solution.”

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