Netanyahu Vows ‘Total Victory,’ Rejects Role For Palestinian Authority In Gaza

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - APRIL 06: Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a protest against the Israeli government on April 6, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. At the end of March a series of terror attacks within eight days left 11 people dead and put Israeli security forces on high alert. The start of Ramadan often heralds an increase in attacks by Palestinians on Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday night not to allow the Palestinian Authority to take control of the Gaza Strip should Israel manage to remove Hamas from power, in sharp opposition to US President Joe Biden’s position and that of other key international actors.
  • he prime minister also pledged to continue the war against Hamas “until the end” and until “total victory” is achieved over the terror organization, and claimed he had not been able to do so in previous rounds of conflict because there had not been the necessary domestic or international consensus to do so.
  • Netanyahu added: “The PA has failed in this — it doesn’t fight terror, it finances terror; it doesn’t educate for peace, it educates for the disappearance of the State of Israel. That is not the group that should enter now.”