WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden mentioned on Saturday (Nov 18) the Palestinian Authority ought to finally govern the Gaza Strip and the West Financial institution following the Israel-Hamas war.
“As we try for peace, Gaza and the West Financial institution must be reunited below a single governance construction, finally below a revitalized Palestinian Authority, as all of us work towards a two-state answer,” Biden mentioned in an opinion article within the Washington Submit.
“There should be no forcible displacement of Palestinians from Gaza, no reoccupation, no siege or blockade, and no discount in territory,” Biden mentioned.
He used the op-ed to attempt to reply the query of what the US needs for Gaza as soon as the battle is over. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned Israel should preserve “general navy accountability” in Gaza “for the foreseeable future”.
Biden additionally mentioned the US is ready to challenge visa bans towards “extremists” attacking civilians within the West Financial institution. Violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has increased for the reason that Oct 7 Hamas assault on Israel.
“I’ve been emphatic with Israel’s leaders that extremist violence towards Palestinians within the West Financial institution should cease and that these committing the violence should be held accountable,” Biden mentioned.
The West Financial institution, dwelling to three million Palestinians who stay amongst greater than half 1,000,000 Jewish settlers, has been seething for greater than 18 months, drawing rising worldwide concern as violence has escalated after Oct 7.