The war between Israel and Hamas is still going on. At present, there is no sign of the war between the two ending. According to the New York Times report, following the suggestion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House on Tuesday warned Israel against recapturing Gaza. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on “CNN This Morning” that “the President continues to believe that it is not good for Israeli forces to recapture Gaza, it is not good for Israel; it is not good for the Israeli people. It’s not good for you.”
The White House’s latest warning comes after Netanyahu told ABC News on Monday that Gaza should be governed “by people who do not want to continue the ways of Hamas.” He added, “I think that indefinitely, Israel will have overall security responsibility because we have seen what happens when we don’t have it.” According to CNN, it was one of the first signals given by Netanyahu about his approach to Gaza after the war and suggests a different approach from the US. Which also includes the US President’s own statements about what the future of the strip will be like.
Joe Biden said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” last month that annexing Gaza would be a “big mistake” for Israel. At the time, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Israel had no intention of annexing Gaza after the conflict ended. According to CNN, other differences are rapidly emerging between the US and Israel as the war continues. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week pressed the Israelis for a “humanitarian pause” to allow hostages and civilians to leave Gaza and to allow Palestinians to enter Gaza, but was rebuked by Netanyahu.
Israeli forces continued to attack civilian sites in view of the visit of the top US diplomat. The forces claimed that the sites were being used by Hamas. Meanwhile, Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israeli PM Netanyahu, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that Israel’s post-war plan is not to capture Gaza. Asked about Netanyahu’s comments on ABC News on Monday that Israel would have “overall security responsibility” in Gaza for an “indefinite period” after the war ends, Regev said: “We have to find a balance between security presence and political control.” A distinction has to be made.”
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