According to Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Israel must have a strong military in Gaza for the foreseeable future to stop Hamas from regaining control of the Palestinian territory, as the Financial Times noted on Thursday.
“If we retreat, who will step forward to lead? We cannot leave a void. In an interview with the Financial Times, Herzog stated, “We need to consider the mechanism; many options exist.
“But no one will want to turn this place, Gaza, into a terror base again,” he stated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated to ABC News last week that Israel will be in charge of the enclave’s security “for an indefinite period” after the war. Still, the US retaliated, arguing that Palestinians should run Gaza when Israel’s conflict with Hamas is finished.
Herzog told FT that after the battle between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli government was debating various ideas about how Gaza should be managed. He also said that he believed the US and “our neighbors in the region” would play a role in the post-conflict order.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden stated that he had communicated to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the need for a two-state solution as the only way to end the Israel-Palestine issue and that conquering Gaza would be “a big mistake.”
Following terrorists’ Oct. 7 assault in southern Israel, Israel launched an offensive against the Islamist organization in charge of Gaza. Israel claims that on the bloodiest day in its 75-year history, 1,200 people were slain, and about 240 were held prisoner.
Israel has launched an aerial bombardment and imposed a blockade on the 2.3 million people living in Gaza. Approximately 11,500 Palestinians are confirmed deceased, roughly 40% of them youngsters, according to Gaza health professionals, who are regarded as trustworthy by the UN. More are buried beneath the debris.