Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, on Thursday, that he had spoken with many Arab leaders about the possibility of taking over the besieged Gaza Strip, however, there were âno takers.â
During an interview with Israeli Kan Reshet Bet radio, Netanyahu said that Israel âmay be forcedâ to carry out an operation in Gaza, which would only be taken âafter every alternative had been explored.â
Netanyahu revealed, âAll the options are still on the table, including entering Gaza and occupying it, out of consideration of what is best for Israel.â
âBut that is the last option and not the first,â he added.
He explained, âIsrael hasnât recaptured Gaza, because once it does, it would have to continue to hold onto that territory and Israel doesnât want to rule the 2 million Palestinians there.â
Netanyahu mentioned that he had spoken with Arab leaders about the possibility of âturning Gaza over to another countryâ and âhoped that we would find someone who would take it (Gaza).â
However, âNo one wanted to do this,â he stressed, according to Ma’an.
It is noteworthy that the more than 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip have suffered from a nearly 12-year Israeli-imposed land, air, and sea blockade, which has plunged the small territory into poverty and some of the highest unemployment rates in the world.
The UN has reported that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.
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