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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday appeared to rule out a postwar peace process that would lead to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state, rebuffing calls from the US to start working toward that ultimate goal.
“In any arrangement in the foreseeable future – with an arrangement or without one – Israel must have security control over all the territory west of the Jordan river,” Netanyahu said at a news conference, referring to an area including occupied territory that Palestinians hope will one day become their independent state. “This clashes with the idea of sovereignty. What can you do?”
The Biden administration and the Israeli government have diverged sharply over how the Gaza Strip will be governed when the fighting ends. President Joe Biden and his top diplomat, Antony Blinken, have urged Israeli officials to move toward the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state. Biden has suggested that a “revitalised” Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank, run a post-Hamas Gaza as an interim step toward that goal. But Israel has repeatedly dismissed such calls, saying they are focused on the war in Gaza.
On Thursday, Netanyahu told reporters he had rebuffed the latest exhortations. “I told this truth to our friends, the Americans, and I also blocked the attempt to impose a reality that would harm Israel’s security,” Netanyahu said. “The PM needs to be able to say no, even to our best friends,” he added.
Speaking about the war, Netanyahu vowed not to compromise on the goal of “total victory” over Hamas and urged the public to prepare for long months of fighting. And asked about efforts to counter Iran, he contested the premise that Israel was battling only Iran’s proxies and not the country itself: “Who told you we weren’t attacking Iran? We’re attacking!”
In the US, a state department spokesman Matthew Miller reiterated Biden administration’s position at a presser on Thursday, saying that there is “no way” to rebuild Gaza, provide lasting security there or establish governance there without establishing a Palestinian state. The US had made this position clear to top Israeli officials in direct conversations, he said.
On Friday, the White House said Biden discussed developments in Israel and Gaza with Netanyahu in a phone call. No further details were immediately disclosed. Biden’s call with Netanyahu came as Red Crescent officials reported “intense gunfire from the Israeli drones targeting citizens at Al-Amal Hospital” in Khan Younis, the main city in south Gaza. Nearby, Israeli tanks were also approaching Gaza’s biggest remaining functioning hospital, Nasser, where people reported hearing shellfire from the west. Israel has accused Hamas of operating from hospitals.





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