Israel Not Ruling Out 'Conquering' Gaza Strip: PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is not ruling out the possibility of 'conquering' the Gaza strip if Hamas doesn't deter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

Others/World   |   20 May 2021 12:29 PM GMT
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Israel Not Ruling Out Conquering Gaza Strip: PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Israel is not ruling out the possibility of 'conquering' the Gaza strip if Hamas doesn't deter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said to a group of foreign ambassadors as violence between the Israeli forces and the Hamas continues into the second week, reported Agence France-Presse.
The death toll of Palestinian citizens has been raised to 219, where citizens have been killed in aerial bombings, destroying roads and other infrastructure in Gaza, reported by
Reuters
. Israel had put its death toll as 12.
The Gaza Strip. Image Credits: Wikipedia

"There are only two ways that you can deal with them [Palestinian militant group Hamas]," Netanyahu said while briefing a group of foreign ambassadors. "You can either conquer them, and that's always an open possibility, or you can deter them, and we are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say we don't rule out anything," the Scroll.in quoted Netanyahu as saying.

According to Netanyahu, the violence has escalated due to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to cancel the elections last month that were supposed to be conducted this weekend. The elections had been postponed in between a dispute over voting East Jerusalem and his Fatah party.

The cause of the escalated conflict is an Israeli Supreme Court hearing, which was due on May 10, about whether or not Palestinian families would be evicted from Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood near Damascus Gate that was given to Israeli settlers.

Palestinians and Left-wing Israelis have protested against the hearing, saying that the verdict could cause a domino effect for the Palestinians. The case is an extension of the 1967 Israeli conflict, which saw all of Jerusalem as its capital while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of its future state.

The violence had escalated on May 7, when Israeli police had fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians worshipping in Al-Aqsa mosque, the holiest sites for Muslims. The Palestinian militant group, Hamas, had demanded the Israeli forces to be withdrawn at 10:30 pm IST from Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah.

Also Read: Disturbing Image Of Children's Dead Bodies Goes Viral Claiming It To Be Of Palestine

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