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The United States declares its opposition to Israel's reoccupation of the Gaza Strip

 

The United States

declares its opposition to

Israel's reoccupation of the Gaza Strip


On Tuesday evening

the United States announced its opposition to

Israel's reoccupation of the Gaza Strip.



The White House stressed that

it did not believe that Israeli forces should reoccupy Gaza

after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks that

Tel Aviv would assume "overall security responsibility"

in Gaza for an indefinite period after the end of the war.


In a statement to CNN

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said

the president still believes that the re-occupation of

Gaza by Israeli forces is not good. This is not good for Israel and the Israeli people .


Kirby stated that

One of the conversations that Minister Anthony Blinken held in the area is what

does Gaza look like after the conflict?

What does governance look like in Gaza?

because no matter what it was on 6 October .


The latest

warning from the White House

comes after Netanyahu told ABC News on Monday that


Gaza should be governed by "those who don't want to continue on

the Hamas route before adding, "I think for an indefinite period

Israel will take overall security responsibility in the Strip because

we have seen what happens when we don't have a presence there.


This was one of

Netanyahu's first hints about his vision for post-war Gaza

as this view differs from that of the United States

including President Joe Biden's remarks on

what the future of the sector will look like.


In an interview with CBS '60 Minutes last month

Biden said it would be a "big mistake" for Israel to occupy Gaza.


At the time

the Israeli Ambassador to the United States

Michael Herzog, said in a statement to CNN that Tel Aviv

had no intention of occupying Gaza after the end of the conflict.


Israeli government

officials have not yet explained

how they would govern Gaza if they succeeded in eliminating Hamas

but Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant made clear on Tuesday that

Tel Aviv "will retain full discretion to respond to any situation in

the Gaza Strip" once the war is over.


"At the end of this campaign, Hamas, as a military organization or governing body in Gaza, will cease to exist," Gallant said in remarks published by the WYNET news website.


CNN

reported that the United States

and its Western allies have been telling their Israeli counterparts

for weeks that Israel must have clear objectives and must seek to

avoid a prolonged occupation of the Gaza Strip.


Earlier

United States officials had told CNN that they had no clear sense of Israel's intentions in Gaza and believed that it would be difficult to completely eliminate Hamas.


The war between Hamas

and Israel has entered its 31st day since the start of Operation Deluge al

Aqsa, as the Israeli army continues to bomb

the Gaza Strip against international fears of widening conflict in the Middle East.


The Palestinian Ministry of

Health in the Gaza Strip announced that the death toll had risen to 10328 more

than half of them children, while more than 20 thousand others were injured.


On the Israeli side

more than 1,500 people were killed

including hundreds of military personnel.