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Netanyahu reacts to Shtayyeh’s remarks on Hamas-PA Gaza partnership

December 9, 2023 at 9:57 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a press conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv on October 28, 2023 [ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday in response to statements by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh about the possibility of Hamas being a partner in the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s rule of the Gaza Strip, asserting, “A. There will be no Hamas – we will eliminate it.”

Netanyahu added: “B. The very fact that this is the Palestinian Authority’s proposal only strengthens my policy: the Palestinian Authority is not the solution.”

On Thursday, Bloomberg quoted Shtayyeh as saying that the PA is working with US officials on a plan to manage the Gaza Strip after the end of the war.

According to Bloomberg, Shtayyeh’s: “Preferred outcome of the conflict that started October 7 would be for Hamas to become a junior partner under the broader Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), helping to build a new independent state that includes the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.”

Shtayyeh added: “If they are ready to come to an agreement and accept the political platform of the PLO, then there will be room for talk. Palestinians should not be divided.”

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