Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has ruled out any chance of a return of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to power in the occupied West Bank or Gaza Strip following the conflict. This was reported by several Israeli media outlets on Sunday.
While American President Joe Biden had called for a reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under a “revitalized Palestinian Authority” in an article published in The Washington Post over the weekend, Netanyahu quickly dismissed this idea. According to the Jerusalem Post, he argued that the Palestinian Authority is not capable of taking responsibility for Gaza after Israel fought there for 44 days.
Netanyahu went even further on Sunday, accusing Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PA, of denying the massacre of the “Tribe of Nova” Festival and refusing to condemn Hamas’ actions during this period. He also accused Abbas of being a Holocaust denier who supports terrorism and educates his children to do so as well.
The Israeli Prime Minister made these remarks during a speech at an event organized by his Likud party, according to Haaretz and I24News. However, it remains unclear what specific statement from Abbas led Netanyahu to make these accusations against him.