The Palestinian Authority says it is ready to ‘take charge’ of Gaza

Ambassador Husam Zomlot made the statement at a press conference in London


Israeli forces during Gaza ground operations, Jan. 11, 2024. (Credit: IDF)

The Palestinian Authority has said it is ready to immediately “take charge” of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Husam Zomlot, who leads the Palestinian territory's mission to the UK, spoke about the possibility of Palestinian leaders taking control of Gaza and other territory once Hamas has been eradicated at a press conference in London, The Times reported.

Zomlot said that the PA would not accept that Gaza’s governance is treated differently to the other territories and that it was not necessary to wait until the end of the conflict. 

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes Palestinian leaders taking over Gaza, however. 

Zomlot said: “This is the time now. The state of Palestine is ready to take charge of the whole territory of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza immediately.

“We refuse any military or partial ­solutions for Gaza. Gaza is an ­integral part of the state of Palestine. We do not accept Israel’s goal to separate Gaza from the rest of us.”

Earlier this month, political leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh said he was “open to” having a single Palestinian administration to govern in Gaza and the West Bank.

However Lt. Col. (res) Maurice Hirsch, director of the Initiative for Palestinian Authority Accountability and Reform in the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs and the former director of the Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria, explained to JNS why many members of the Israeli government strongly oppose the idea of the PA taking responsibility for Gaza.

The PA holds a lot of firsts, Hirsch said. It was the first to turn all its energies to delegitimising and demonising Israel, the first to come up with “pay-for-slay” –rewarding terrorists financially for carrying out attacks against Jews – and the first to educate the murderers of October 7.

“The people coming across the border [from Gaza] were not 16-year-olds, i.e. those who grew up solely under the rule of Hamas. These were people who grew up and were educated in PA schools, even before Hamas took control,” he said.

The PA also was behind the genocide case brought by South Africa at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, part of its ongoing lawfare against Israel, Hirsch said.

“The PA is driving global antisemitism. It’s the PA and its embassies that are undermining and spreading libels about Israel. The PA invented, ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ – the genocidal call parroted around the world. That Palestinian rhetoric gave birth to this violent Jew-hatred we’re now seeing,” Hirsch said. “This is the organisation that you want there?”

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