Netanyahu denies “humanitarian catastrophe” in Rafah


Published: 2024-05-15 17:33

Last Updated: 2024-05-25 09:29

“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the video statement given today. (May 15, 2024)
 “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the video statement given today. (May 15, 2024)

“Israeli” prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that nearly 500,000 people had been evacuated from Rafah in southern Gaza, adding that the humanitarian catastrophe the international community had warned about has not happened.

“The humanitarian disaster they spoke about did not take place, nor will it,” he said.

"Our responsible efforts are bearing fruit. So far, in Rafah, close to half a million people have been evacuated from the combat zones. The humanitarian catastrophe that was spoken about did not materialize, nor will it.”

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On post-war Gaza plans, he said that any talks for the “day-after” in Gaza are meaningless until Hamas is defeated.

“But there is no alternative to a military victory,” says Netanyahu. “The attempt to bypass it with all sorts of claims is simply detached from reality. There is only one alternative to victory — defeat. A military and diplomatic defeat, a national defeat. My government will never agree to this.”

He added that he approved a plan three months ago for Palestinians unaffiliated with Hamas to distribute humanitarian aid in Gaza, claiming that the plan failed because Hamas threatened and attacked them.

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“Until it becomes clear that Hamas doesn’t rule Gaza militarily, no actor will be ready to accept upon himself the civil rule of Gaza out of fear for his own safety,” he continued.

He further condemned the UN’s General Assembly vote last week which supported expanding the membership of Palestine in the United Nations.

“No one will prevent us, Israel, from fulfilling our basic right to defend ourselves,” he says, “not the UN General Assembly and not any other actor.”

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