Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will govern Gaza when this conflict is over. He said that Israel will have “overall security responsibility” for Gaza for an “indefinite period.”
In an interview with ABC News, Netanyahu said that if Israel does not have that “security responsibility” then they will have “the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine.”
What does that mean? A complete takeover and expulsion of the Palestinians? That was not the original plan so note the moving target. Originally, Israel said that they were seeking out Hamas with so-called targeted strikes. Then they said that they would not stop until they destroyed at least 65% of the Hamas tunnels. Now the goal is a total takeover?
ABC’s David Muir carefully asked the Prime Minister about civilian casualties and he said that he was sad about it but they must happen because “there is no way to hunt terrorists in a civilian population.” When asked about a ceasefire to prevent civilian casualties and possible harm to Israeli hostages he said this: “I don’t think there is going to be a general ceasefire [because] it will hamper our ability to get our hostages out.”
When asked about the failure of Israeli intelligence to prevent the October 7 attacks, the Prime Minister said that there “will be tough questions” to answer but that “will be resolved after the war.”
First war. Answers later.