In his new dangerous game of politics, Netanyahu asserted this Saturday that “he will never intend to resign when the war ends”, and also that “the war will not end any time soon.”
This Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has no intention whatsoever to leave his office of prime ministry the day the war with Hamas ends and instead, asserted that he “intends to remain in power to ensure Gaza is demilitarized and no new terror threat can emerge from there against Israel.”
Speaking in a press conference at the Israel Defense Forces’ headquarters in Tel Aviv Saturday night, Netanyahu replied to a question about his plans for the day after the war in the face of calls for him to resign and said that “the only thing I’m going to resign from is Hamas.”
“My policy is clear: We continue to fight until all the objectives of the war have been achieved, primarily the elimination of Hamas and the release of all our hostages,” Netanyahu said, also promising to “guarantee that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel.”
Netanyahu has no place in Israeli’s hearts anymore
Despite Netanyahu’s confident rhetoric about his plan to stay in power even after the war with Hamas ends, the reality of how Israelis see Netanyahu as Prime Minister suggests that his days are actually numbered.
According to a new survey carried out by Israel’s Channel 13 published earlier this December, more than 70 percent of Israelis believe Netanyahu should resign as prime minister when the war ends. But in world of politics, politicians will almost always restore to different ploys and tricks to stay in power when their position is in danger in time of crisis.
Bibi wants to remain in power at any cost possible
There is no doubt that Netanyahu is well aware of what Israelis want from him. Likewise, he also very well knows that the only thing that can buy him time and keep him in power is the war with Hamas, the very thing that Israeli want to be ended as soon as possible.
That’s why on the same night and during the same press conference, Netanyahu continued to say that the war is going to last for months to come.
“The war on Gaza will continue for many months and will include taking control of a buffer zone along the Gaza-Egypt border to guarantee that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel,” Netanyahu said. He also noted that the Philadelphi Route, which runs for 14 kilometers along the entire Gaza-Egypt border, “has to be in our hands” to ensure that Gaza becomes and remains demilitarized.
US officials have called for the Gaza Strip to be governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), led by Fatah party leader Mahmoud Abbas, after the war. But Netanyahu rejects any proposal that may lead to peace as he rejected this call for how Gaza be governed, stating, “Not Fatahstan and not Hamastan.”
The Wall Street Journal reported this Sunday that Israel’s bombardment of Gaza is “generating destruction comparable in scale to the most devastating urban warfare in the modern record.” But even these horrible reports have not been able so far to affect Netanyahu and make him consent to an end for the war, a war that seems to be his only chance of remaining in power for now, no matter how costly it might be for Israel and the whole region.