Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out any return of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to power in the occupied West Bank in the Gaza Strip after the war, according to several Israeli media. While American President Joe Biden pleaded on Saturday in an article published in the Washington Post for a reunification of Gaza and the West Bank after the conflict, under the governance of a “revitalized Palestinian Authority”, Netanyahu quickly showed his disagreement. The Palestinian Authority, in its current form, is not able to take responsibility for Gaza. After we fought and did all this (in the Gaza Strip), how could we give it to them? “, he added according to the Jerusalem Post.
Netanyahu went even further on Sunday, accusing Mahmoud Abbas of denying the massacre of the “Tribe of Nova” Festival. According to Haaretz and I24News, Netanyahu accused Abbas of denying Israel’s involvement in an incident that killed 17 people at a Jewish festival held near Nablus last year. The Israeli Prime Minister also criticized Abbas for not condemning Hamas’ attacks on Israel during Operation Protective Edge.
The Israeli Prime Minister is referring to a statement from the Palestinian Authority which claims that an Israeli armed forces helicopter caused several collateral casualties while trying to eliminate Hamas terrorists who were attacking the festival. Information that Haaretz was unable to verify.
Netanyahu declared that Israel will not allow anyone who runs civilian administration in Gaza to deny terrorism, support terrorism or pay for it and educate their children for terrorist activities against State of Israel.