Netanyahu says he has told U.S. that he opposes Palestinian state in any scenario after Israel-Hamas war

An Israeli artillery unit operates near the Israel-Gaza border World RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has informed the United States that he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of any postwar scenario. The announcement on Thursday exposed the deep divisions that have emerged between the close allies three months into Israel’s war against Gaza’s Hamas rulers. The U.S. has called on Israel to scale back its offensive and said that the establishment of a Palestinian state should be part of the “day after.” In a nationally broadcast news conference, Netanyahu vowed to press ahead with the offensive until Israel realizes a “decisive victory over Hamas.” He also rejected the idea of Palestinian statehood. He said he had relayed his positions to the Americans. “In any future arrangement … Israel needs security control all territory west of the Jordan,” Netanyahu told a nationally broadcast news conference. “This collides with the idea of sovereignty. What can you do?” “The prime minister needs to be capable of saying no to our friends,” he added. 16 killed in southern Gaza In the southern Gaza town of Rafah, an Israeli airstrike on a home killed 16 people, half of them children, medics said early Thursday. The military continued to strike targets in areas of the besieged territory where it has told civilians to seek refuge. There was meanwhile no word on whether medicines that entered the territory Wednesday as part of a deal brokered by France and Qatar had been distributed to dozens hostages with chronic illnesses who are being held by Hamas. WATCH: Israeli officials disagree in public over how war with Hamas should end More than 100 days after Hamas triggered the war with its Oct. 7 attack, Israel continues to wage […]

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