Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said during a closed session with senior Israeli officials that the disarmament of Gaza would not be possible in the near or distant future, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.
The channel quoted officials who said that Netanyahu ruled out taking a final decision on a few issues in Gaza, such as the airport and seaport at this stage.
The channel said that contrary to public statements, Netanyahu confirmed that Hamas had gained some privileges as a result of the cease-fire, including the mitigation of the crossings and increasing the fishing area to more than 6 miles.
The channel quoted Netanyahu as saying that there were no preparations to hold a new round of indirect talks with the Palestinian factions in Cairo scheduled at the end of the month.
He remarked on the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying, “the withdrawal from the West Bank will lead to tunnels that could reach Kfar Saba and Sharon”, hinting that he does not intend to evacuate areas from the West Bank within a future peace agreement with the Palestinians.