US asks for clarification of Netanyahu’s comments that Israel will have security control of Gaza after war

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about the Israel-Hamas war during a press conference on November 11, 2023. (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about the Israel-Hamas war during a press conference on November 11, 2023. (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)

The United States has asked for clarification of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments that Israel will have security responsibility for the Gaza Strip for an indefinite period after the war against the Hamas terror group.

The demand for clarification was first reported by the Kan public broadcaster, and a US official confirmed the report to The Times of Israel.

Last night, Netanyahu indicated that Israel would oppose the return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza following the war — reportedly a goal sought by Washington — lambasting it as an entity that educates children to want to eliminate Israel, supports terrorism and hasn’t condemned Hamas’s October 7 massacres, which sparked the ongoing war.

On Friday, Netanyahu said the IDF will remain in control of the Gaza Strip after the current war ends, and will not rely on international forces to oversee security along the border.

Last week, Netanyahu told ABC News that Israel will have “overall security responsibility” over the Gaza Strip “for an indefinite period” after the war against Hamas ends.

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