Netanyahu Declares Israel Will Take Full Security Responsibility of Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Monday that his country will take “overall responsibility” for Gaza’s security after its battle with Hamas is done.

“Israel will, for an indefinite period, will have the overall security responsibility,” he said in a television interview with ABC News broadcast on Monday.

“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,” he added.

Since October 7, when Hamas militants launched a cross-border onslaught that killed 1,400 Israelis, the majority of them were civilians, according to Israeli authorities, and took over 240 captives, Israel has mercilessly attacked Gaza by air, land, and sea.

According to the Hamas-run health ministry, the death toll in Gaza has topped 10,000 people, including more than 4,000 children.

In an interview on Monday, Netanyahu contested the health ministry’s estimates, claiming that “several thousand” Palestinian combatants were likely included.

Despite increasing calls for a cease-fire from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other international leaders, Netanyahu has stated that he does not support one.

“There will be no ceasefire — general ceasefire — in Gaza without the release of our hostages,” he said.

“As far as tactical, little pauses — an hour here, an hour there — we’ve had them before,” he said.

Israel may agree to pauses to let humanitarian goods into Gaza, or to allow for hostages to leave the besieged Palestinian territory, he added.

Asked if he should take any responsibility for the October 7 attack, Netanyahu said “of course”.

“It’s not a question and it’s got to be resolved after the war,” he said, adding that his government had “clearly” not met its obligation to protect its people.

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