Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu assured that Israel has no plans to occupy or rule Gaza after the war, aiming to remove Hamas from the coastal enclave. “We don’t seek to conquer, occupy or govern Gaza,” he stated in an interview with Fox News. “What I expect to see is a rebuilt Gaza for the Gazans,” Netanyahu added.
While previous comments raised concerns about Israel’s long-term vision for Gaza, the United States clarified that the IDF might need to stay briefly but emphasized the importance of Palestinian rule over the territory. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and Hamas has since maintained control.
Netanyahu outlined the future of Gaza, emphasizing the need to demolish Hamas and ensure demilitarization, de-radicalization, and reconstruction. US Special Envoy David Satterfield affirmed the importance of Palestinian governance and a two-state solution for lasting peace.
The Gaza war was triggered by a Hamas attack on Israel and has led to significant casualties, intensifying the need for a sustainable resolution for the region.