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Netanyahu: Israel to take 'security responsibility' of Gaza

Netanyahu says Israel to take security responsibility of Gaza 'indefinitely' after war
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07 November, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel will assume overall responsibility for Gaza indefinitely after Israel ends its war on the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Netanyahu has given the strongest indication yet of what Israel plans to do in Gaza [Getty]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that his country will take "overall responsibility" of Gaza's security for an indefinite period after its war on the Palestinian enclave ends.

"Israel will, for an indefinite period, have the overall security responsibility," he said in a television interview with ABC News broadcast on Monday.

"When we don't have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn't imagine," he added.

The Israeli military has relentlessly attacked Gaza by air, land and sea since October 7, when Hamas launched a cross-border attack

The death toll in Gaza has surpassed 10,000 people, Gaza's health ministry said Monday, including more than 4,000 children.

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In Monday's interview, Netanyahu disputed the health ministry's figures, which he said likely included "several thousand" Palestinian combatants, though he cited no evidence for this claim. 

Despite growing calls for a ceasefire from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other world leaders, Netanyahu said he did not support one.

"There will be no ceasefire -- general ceasefire -- in Gaza without the release of our hostages," he said.

"As far as tactical, little pauses -- an hour here, an hour there -- we've had them before," he said.

Israel may agree to pauses to let humanitarian goods into Gaza, or to allow for hostages to leave the besieged Palestinian territory, he added.

Asked if he should take any responsibility for the October 7 attack, Netanyahu said "of course".

"It's not a question and it's got to be resolved after the war," he said, adding that his government had "clearly" not met its obligation to protect its people.