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National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi

PA Can't Rule Post-War Gaza — Senior Israeli Official

A senior Israeli official sought Thursday, December 21, to water down remarks made earlier in the day by National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi, which were taken to mean that the government may allow a reformed Palestinian Authority a role in governing Gaza after the ongoing war with Hamas.

Speaking in an off-record briefing to the press, the official said Hanegbi’s comments in an op-ed in a Saudi-owned news site had been “misunderstood,” insisting that there can be no role for the Palestinian Authority in Gaza after the war because it cannot be trusted to fulfill Israel’s requirements, including demilitarizing the territory.

Addressing what has become a highly political issue of the future governance of Gaza, he said Israel had three goals for the coastal enclave after the war: that it be demilitarized, de-radicalized, and that a functioning civil administration be established. He said the PA was not capable of delivering on any of these goals.

The official added that Israel wants moderate Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to be involved in de-radicalizing Gaza, alongside Western assistance, and wants civilian life in Gaza to be run by a “local administration of Palestinians” that is “able to work for the future horizon of the Palestinian people with help of moderate Arab countries.” (TOI / VFI News)

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