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Palestinian Authority working with US on plan to run Gaza after war is over: Report

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The Palestinian Authority is working with US officials on a plan to run Gaza after the war is over, Bloomberg News reported, citing Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

The preferred outcome of the conflict would be for the Hamas militant group which controls Gaza to become a junior partner under the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), helping to build a new independent state that includes the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Ramallah-based Shtayyeh said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday.

“If they (Hamas) are ready to come to an agreement and accept the political platform of the PLO, then there will be room for talk. Palestinians should not be divided,” Shtayyeh said, adding that Israel’s aim to fully defeat Hamas is unrealistic.

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Israel has vowed to wipe out Iran-backed Hamas after the militants attacked Israeli towns and villages on October 7, killing 1,200 people and dragging about 240 hostages back into Gaza, according to Israel’s count.

“The fact that this is what the Palestinian Authority is suggesting only reinforces my policy: the Palestinian Authority is not the solution,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a social media post in response to Shtayyeh’s remarks.

More than 17,170 Palestinians have been killed and 46,000 wounded since Israel began bombarding Gaza in response to the cross-border rampage, according to the Gaza health ministry.

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