The United States does not believe that the Palestinian group Hamas can be involved in the future governance of the Gaza Strip once the war with Israel ends, the White House said Wednesday.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby, speaking to reporters as President Joe Biden flew to Minnesota, also said the United States does not support a permanent settlement of civilians of Gaza outside Gaza, which is run by Hamas.
As the civilian death toll rises in Gaza in the war between Israel and Hamas, Kirby said Washington does not believe the time has come for a blanket ceasefire, but for humanitarian pauses in hostilities were necessary.
As the United States and its allies and partners discuss options for post-war Gaza, Kirby said handing over leadership to Hamas would be problematic following the massacre of 1,400 people in southern Israel on July 7. october.
“We believe that Hamas cannot be the future of governance in Gaza. They cannot,” Kirby said. “We don’t yet have all the answers to what will happen after the conflict, but we are working with our partners in the region to explore what governance in Gaza can and should look like.”
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