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Netanyahu Rejects Palestinian Statehood Amid Criticism from Olmert

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state and the transfer of Gaza to the Palestinian National Authority, drawing criticism from Hamas and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert calls for strategic planning and international intervention to stabilize the region.

Netanyahu's Stance on Gaza and Palestinian Statehood

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state and the transfer of Gaza to the Palestinian National Authority. In a recent interview with Israeli Channel 14, Netanyahu emphasized his preference for a civil administration in collaboration with local Palestinians, dismissing the idea of restoring settlements in Gaza as unrealistic. His stance has been met with strong opposition from the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which accused Netanyahu of rejecting the UN Security Council resolution and the proposals from US President Joe Biden.

Hamas has called on the international community to pressure the Israeli government to cease its military actions against the Palestinian people. The movement insists that any agreement must include a permanent ceasefire and a complete withdrawal from Gaza to prevent Netanyahu from perpetuating aggression.

Former Prime Minister Olmert's Critique and Proposals

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has criticized the current Netanyahu government for its lack of strategic discussions on handling attacks from Gaza and the north. In a recent podcast, Olmert revealed his past plans to eliminate Hamas during Operation Cast Lead but was thwarted by political constraints. He also highlighted the importance of a multinational force to prevent the re-establishment of Hamas rule in Gaza and criticized the government's handling of the defense establishment.

Olmert pointed out that the internal rift within Israel, exacerbated by legal reforms, has weakened the country's position and emboldened its enemies. He called for an end to the fighting in Gaza and the introduction of international forces to ensure stability. Additionally, Olmert stressed the need for the government to regain public trust and international support, which has eroded due to the ongoing destruction in Gaza.

  • Netanyahu also touched upon the broader regional conflicts Israel is engaged in, including battles with Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, and armed factions in Iraq, Syria, the West Bank, and Iran. He indicated that while the intense fighting in Gaza might soon conclude, the war against Hamas would persist until its objectives are fully achieved.
  • Regarding the prisoner exchange deal, Netanyahu expressed willingness for a partial agreement to return some prisoners held by the resistance, with the war resuming post-truce to fulfill its goals. This approach has been criticized for potentially hindering the progress of negotiations.
  • Olmert, during his tenure, had also dealt with significant security threats, including the attack on Syria's nuclear reactor in 2007. He emphasized the importance of handling nuclear issues with caution and strategic planning. He also touched on the need for equitable treatment of the ultra-Orthodox community while ensuring their participation in national duties.
  • Olmert concluded by expressing his concerns for Israel's future and the necessity for serious political efforts to stabilize the situation. He hinted at his continued involvement in public affairs, albeit not in a leading role.
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Refs: | Israel Hayom | Aljazeera |

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