Israel and US discussing long-term plan for Gaza, Israeli ambassador to US says

Michael Herzog,  Israeli ambassador to US

© APA | Michael Herzog, Israeli ambassador to US

# 13 November 2023 10:06 (UTC +04:00)

Israel is looking ahead to a long-term plan for Gaza and is discussing the issue with the United States, according to Ambassador Michael Herzog, APA reports citing CNN.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," the Israeli ambassador to the US said it’s the Israeli “position that Palestinians will have to govern themselves," but also indicated — echoing the Israeli Prime Minister's earlier remarks — that the government would not support a role for the Palestinian Authority in its current form.

“It is our position that Palestinians will have to govern themselves. What will be the exact role of the Palestinian Authority (PA) remains to be seen, because everybody understands that the PA, in its current composition — they can hardly govern Ramallah. So certainly not Gaza,” Herzog said.

The Palestinian Authority would have to undergo reform, Herzog said.

The ambassador said Israel is not interested in occupying or governing Gaza, adding that security is the main priority.

“We are there to move the Hamas military threat against Israel and their ability to rebuild the capabilities and strike again and again, as they're saying they would like to do. That's our intent,” Herzog said.

Herzog claimed Israel is “very targeted” in its operation in Gaza.