Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out a return of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to power in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip after the war, according to several Israeli media. This comes despite American President Joe Biden’s plea for a reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under a “revitalized Palestinian Authority” following the conflict.
Netanyahu explained his disagreement with Biden’s proposal, stating that the Palestinian Authority is not capable of taking responsibility for Gaza after Israel fought and carried out military operations in the region. He added, “How could we give it back to them now?” according to the Jerusalem Post.
On Sunday, Netanyahu went further by accusing Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PA, of denying a massacre at a festival celebrating his own tribe in 1948. According to Israeli media Haaretz and I24News, Netanyahu also accused Abbas of supporting terrorism and educating his children for terrorism and destruction of Israel.
The Israeli Prime Minister also stated that Israel will not allow any authority that runs civil administration in Gaza to deny terrorism or support it, pay for it or educate its children for it. He declared this after eliminating Hamas militants in Gaza Strip.