Israel Signals Future Role in Gaza
Meanwhile, the fighting enters its second month
As the Israeli military campaign against Hamas entered its second month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered the clearest indication to date about what Israel has planned for the war's aftermath, warning that Israel will need to oversee the security of the Gaza Strip once the fighting is over.
His plan, if enacted, would appear to stop short of a full reoccupation of Gaza — a move that the United States and others have warned against. He provided few details about the post-war plan and said the security situation would be "for an indefinite period," in an interview with ABC News that aired on Monday.
Netanyahu did not say who he thought should govern the enclave after Hamas, which now governs it, is gone. But asked specifically, Netanyahu responded only that he thought Israel would indefinitely "have the overall security responsibility" over the territory.
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