Prime Minister Netanyahu

Prime Minister Netanyahu affirmed that Israel does not intend to occupy Gaza after the conflict ends but will take measures to prevent threats from the strip of land.

“We are not trying to relocate the Gaza population. What we are trying to do is persuade the civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, where fighting is taking place, to move 1.5-6 km south, where We established a safe zone,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on November 10 in an interview with Fox News. “We want to see a field hospital set up there. We encourage and facilitate humanitarian aid to go there.”

Netanyahu outlined his vision for Gaza when the conflict ended. “We must achieve a demilitarized, deradicalized and rebuilt Gaza Strip. All is achievable,” Netanyahu said. “We do not seek to take over, occupy or administer Gaza.”

The Israeli Prime Minister said that there needs to be a civilian government established in the Gaza Strip to manage this area, but Israeli forces will always have to be ready to enter Gaza “to prevent the rise of groups like Hamas.”

Mr. Netanyahu assessed that the Israeli army is fighting very well, and the country did not set a specific deadline for the anti-Hamas campaign.

The US said Israel agreed to a 4-hour ceasefire every day in the northern Gaza Strip so people could leave the war zone. But the Israeli Prime Minister affirmed that there will be no comprehensive ceasefire.

“A ceasefire with Hamas means surrender. No matter how long the war lasts, we will continue,” he emphasized.

Mr. Netanyahu’s comments on the post-war Gaza vision are considered to clarify his statement earlier this week that Israel “will be responsible for overall security” for the Gaza Strip indefinitely after the campaign aimed at The Hamas group here ends.

The views expressed by Mr. Netanyahu are also considered consistent with the stance of US President Joe Biden’s administration, which hopes that the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority will return to manage the Gaza Strip.

Israel controlled Gaza during the Six-Day War in 1967 and returned the area to the Palestinians in 2005. Israel in 2007 imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas took control of this land from President Mahmoud’s Fatah movement: Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel, at the end of October, stepped up military operations in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against Hamas after the group’s October 7 raid. Israel has surrounded Gaza City since November 2 and sent units into the city from two directions. IDF units are searching and destroying Hamas’s underground bunker system in the northern Gaza Strip, attacking many of the group’s positions.

Israeli officials said that the campaign in the Gaza Strip “will last at least several months to achieve the goal of eliminating Hamas” while minimizing casualties for Israeli forces and civilians in the Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, 33 Israeli soldiers have died since its advanced forces deeper into Gaza.