Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has told the United States that he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of any post-war scenario, underscoring divisions between the allies three months into Israel’s relentless assaults on Gaza.
Speaking during a news conference yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu committed to press ahead with the offensive until Israel realises, in his own words, a “decisive victory over Hamas”.
He also said he had relayed his positions on Palestinian statehood to US officials.
While the US has vetoed United Nations resolutions calling for a ceasefire, it has called on Israel to scale back the intensity of its war on Gaza, and said that the establishment of a Palestinian state should be part of the “day after”.
Following Netanyahu’s comments, US National Security Adviser John Kirby said that there would be no reoccupation of Gaza after the war and emphasised that the US remains committed to a two-state solution.