NewsUS, unsettled by Netanyahu's remarks, seeks clarification

US, unsettled by Netanyahu's remarks, seeks clarification

USA concerned by Netanyahu's words. They want explanations.
USA concerned by Netanyahu's words. They want explanations.
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12:23 PM EST, November 12, 2023

Tensions rise between the US and Israel. The Joe Biden administration, according to Israeli media reports, seeks clarification on the comments made by Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Gaza Strip's future. The Prime Minister of Israel, in his recent addresses, suggested that Israel could assume control of the area post-war.

The US has shown interest in Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks that Israel will defend the Gaza Strip indefinitely after the war with Hamas, as per a report by The Times of Israel. This information was confirmed by an American official and was similarly reported by Israeli public television earlier.

Let us revisit Netanyahu's statement on Saturday evening, where he posited resistance against the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip following the war. He strongly condemned it as an entity that instills a desire in children to annihilate Israel, supports terrorism, and does not denounce the actions of Hamas that exacerbated the ongoing war.

On Friday, Netanyahu announced that the Israeli army would retain control of the Gaza Strip after the current war. He highlighted that Israel does not plan to depend on international forces to supervise the border's security.

In an interview last week with ABC News, Netanyahu stated that Israel would bear "general responsibility for security" in Gaza "for an indefinite period" beyond the war with Hamas.

Contrarily, the United States, represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, envisions a different future for the Gaza Strip. They strongly oppose any occupation of the Gaza Strip by Israel, advocating for Palestinian governance in that area.

Secretary Blinken enumerated Washington's expectations for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which include preventing the forced displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and prohibiting Gaza's use as a base for terrorism or any other brutal attacks. He also opposed the reoccupation of the Gaza Strip by Israel after the end of the conflict, any attempts to blockade or besiege the area, and reduction of the Gaza Strip's territory, and asserted the necessity to prevent any terrorist threat from burgeoning in the West Bank.

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