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 â€śno takers.â€ť
During an interview with Israeli Kan Reshet Bet radio, Netanyahu said that Israel â€śmay be forcedâ€ť to carry out an operation in Gaza, which would only be taken â€śafter every alternative had been explored.â€ť
Netanyahu revealed, â€śAll the options are still on the table, including entering Gaza and occupying it, out of consideration of what is best for Israel.â€ť
â€śBut that is the last option and not the first,â€ť he added.
He explained, â€śIsrael hasnâ€™t recaptured Gaza, because once it does, it would have to continue to hold onto that territory and Israel doesnâ€™t want to rule the 2 million Palestinians there.â€ť
Netanyahu mentioned that he had spoken with Arab leaders about the possibility of â€śturning Gaza over to another countryâ€ť and â€śhoped that we would find someone who would take it (Gaza).â€ť
However, â€śNo one wanted to do this,â€ť 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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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.