Israel cannot reoccupy the Gaza Strip, but a transition period can be established after the end of the current conflict. According to Reuters, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this on Wednesday, who was in Tokyo with the heads of diplomacy of the G7 group of economically advanced countries.
“Gaza cannot continue to be run by Hamas, it would simply lead to a repeat of October 7th. It is also clear that Israel cannot occupy Gaza,” Blinken told reporters in Tokyo.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel would take over security responsibility for the Gaza Strip after the end of the war with Hamas, to avoid the risk of such an attack being repeated. In this context, the spokesperson of the US State Department already stated on Tuesday that the United States is against a possible new long-term occupation of the Gaza Strip by Israel.
Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war and occupied it until August 2005. In June 2007, the Palestinian radical movement Hamas took control of the strip, with which Israel had several clashes in the following years.