Israel PM Netanyahu Says Peace Depends on Hamas’ End, Demilitarized Gaza – Bloomberg
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has outlined three prerequisites for peace following Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7. In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, Netanyahu called for the destruction of Hamas, the demilitarization of Gaza, and the deradicalization of Palestinian society. He argued that eliminating Hamas is in compliance with international law, despite the challenges posed by the group’s use of Palestinian civilians as human shields. Netanyahu also dismissed the idea that the Palestinian Authority would demilitarize Gaza, labeling it a “pipe dream.” He emphasized the need for international recognition of Israel’s battle against terrorism and highlighted the role of education in deradicalizing Gaza, urging schools to promote life over death and imams to cease advocating for violence against Jews. Gaza City mayor Yahya R. Sarraj accused Israel of causing destruction in Gaza in response to the Oct. 7 attacks, claiming over 20,000 deaths in an op-ed for The New York Times.
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