Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out any possibility of the Palestinian Authority (PA) regaining control over the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip following the conflict, according to several Israeli media reports.
While American President Joe Biden called for a reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under a “revitalized Palestinian Authority” in an article published in The Washington Post on Saturday, Netanyahu quickly rejected this idea. He argued that the Palestinian Authority, as it currently exists, is unable to take responsibility for Gaza after Israel fought and achieved its goals in the Gaza Strip.
On Sunday, Netanyahu went even further, accusing Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, of denying the massacre at the “Tribe of Nova” Festival. Netanyahu also accused Abbas of refusing to condemn Hamas’ 44-day massacre and being a Holocaust denier. According to Haaretz and I24News, Netanyahu cited a statement from the Palestinian Authority that claimed an Israeli armed forces helicopter caused collateral casualties while trying to eliminate Hamas terrorists who were attacking the festival. However, this information was not verified by Parisian authorities.
Netanyahu declared that in the aftermath of eliminating Hamas, he will not allow anyone who runs civilian administration in Gaza to deny terrorism or support it, pay for it or educate their children for it or destroy State of Israel.