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Netanyahu Responds to Gallant: I Won't Replace Hamastan with Fatahstan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Wednesday evening, May 15, to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s call for him to declare that Israel will not exercise governing control of the Gaza Strip following the ongoing war with the Hamas terrorist organization.

“I am not ready to replace Hamastan with Fatahstan. The first condition for the day after is to eliminate Hamas and do it without excuses,” Netanyahu said.

The Prime Minister’s statement comes in response to an address by Gallant in which the Defense Minister declared, “I must reiterate - I will not agree to the establishment of Israeli military rule in Gaza. Israel must not establish civilian rule in Gaza.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also warned Israel on Wednesday not to reoccupy Gaza, to refrain from a major Rafah operation, and to finalize a day-after plan for the enclave, as he spoke to reporters in Kyiv. “When it comes to the future of Gaza, we do not support and will not support an Israeli reoccupation,” Blinken said.

Further, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Wednesday, regarding the scenarios for the “day after” the war in Gaza, that Hamas and the other Palestinian Arab organizations are the ones who will determine the future of the Gaza Strip.

However, against such scenarios spoke Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and Justice Minister Yariv Levin. More specifically, the latter stated that “the people of Israel are not willing to be humiliated. The people of Israel are not ready to be led into the Oslo 2 process, which will lead Israel to another disaster. The people of Israel will not agree to hand over Gaza to the control of the Palestinian Terrorist Authority.” (INN / VFI News)

“God, we pray for unity within our nation, as well with our allies. We pray that You guide our leaders into following the best course of action for every civilian residing in Israel, in Yeshua’s name. We pray for long-lasting peace and true brotherhood after the war ends, and we trust that You have placed our leaders in the right positions where they will prove their resilience, ethics, and where they will be able to serve our people the most.”

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