Israel-Hamas Conflict: Netanyahu denies reports, affirms strong stance on Palestinian statehood to US Prez Biden

Israel-Hamas Conflict: In a statement from the Israel PM Office, Netanyahu reiterated his long-standing position that, post the elimination of Hamas, Israel must maintain full security control of the Gaza Strip.

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Israel-Hamas Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rebutted recent reports claiming he conveyed to US President Joe Biden that he hasn't ruled out the creation of a Palestinian state. The denial follows a report suggesting that Netanyahu clarified his public comments, emphasizing they did not negate the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Consistent Position on Gaza Security Control

In a statement from the Israel PM Office, Netanyahu reiterated his long-standing position that, post the elimination of Hamas, Israel must maintain full security control of the Gaza Strip. This strategic stance aims to ensure Gaza no longer poses a threat to Israel, even if it conflicts with the notion of Palestinian sovereignty.

Biden's Response and Two-State Solution

The CNN report aligns with President Biden's own comments, asserting that an independent state for Palestinians remains a possibility while Netanyahu is in office. Biden, when questioned about a two-state solution with Netanyahu in power, responded affirmatively, stating, "No, it's not," and expressed optimism about finding common ground.

Exploring Viable Two-State Solutions

President Biden elaborated on the potential for different types of two-state solutions, suggesting variations that Netanyahu might find acceptable. He emphasized that many UN member states operate without their militaries and suggested flexible approaches to address the complexities of the situation.

Netanyahu's Press Conference Stance

During a press conference on Thursday, Netanyahu emphasized the imperative for Israel to maintain "security control" of all territory west of the Jordan River, including Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. He underscored the vital condition of ensuring Israel's security, even if it contradicts the concept of Palestinian sovereignty.

Biden-Netanyahu Phone Call

In a phone call on Friday, President Biden reiterated his vision for a 'two-state solution' while guaranteeing Israel's security. The leaders discussed ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages under Hamas captivity and reviewed the situation in Gaza. The White House emphasized the need for Israel to maintain military pressure on Hamas while envisioning a more durable peace with a guaranteed two-state solution.

This recent exchange underscores the complexities surrounding Israel's security concerns, Palestinian sovereignty, and the ongoing pursuit of a peaceful resolution in the region.