Netanyahu: Israel will have 'security responsibility' for Gaza after defeating Hamas

'We’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it', said the Israeli PM


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on August 27, 2023. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

(JNS) Israel will have "overall security responsibility" for the Gaza Strip after defeating Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

“I think Israel for an indefinite period will have the overall security responsibility because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it. When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine,” Netanyahu told ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir.

The IDF is fighting Hamas in Gaza with the goal of eliminating the terror group's capacity to threaten Israel.

The United States pressed for the Palestinian Authority to take a "leading role" in a post-Hamas Gaza Strip as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in a visit to Ramallah on Sunday.

But earlier this week, Likud parliamentarian Amit Halevy slammed the US proposal to hand over control of Gaza to the PA, saying the Biden administration was “slapping Israel in the face” by pressing the position.

"While Blinken vows that he will do everything to prevent a recurrence of the events of October 7, he pushes for giving control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, whose members, exactly like Hamas, advocate for the destruction of Israel and applaud Hamas’s murderous Nazi-like massacre of Jews, seeking to emulate them,” said Halevy.

Terrorists from PA President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party joined in Hamas's murderous assault on southern Israel on October 7. The video of members of the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade bragging about partaking in the massacre was exposed last week.

During the ABC interview on Monday, Netanyahu also reiterated that "there will be no ceasefire in Gaza without the release of our hostages.

"It will hamper the war effort. It will hamper our effort to get our hostages out. The only thing that works on these Hamas criminals is the military pressure we are exerting," he said.

He also pushed back against criticism of mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, stating that the media should not take casualty figures provided by the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry at face value.

"I think every civilian loss is a tragedy. We are fighting an enemy that is particularly brutal. They are using their civilians as human shields. While we are asking the Palestinian civilian population to leave the war zone, they are preventing them at gunpoint," he said.

Netanyahu also had a message for Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon: "I think they've understood that if they enter the war in a significant way the response will be very, very powerful and I hope they don't make that mistake."

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