Israel’s prime minister says he intends to root out “poisoned” ideology from Palestinian mosques and schools.
Israel to purge Gaza’s mosques and schools of “toxic” ideology once its war with Hamas is over, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told X (aka Twitter) owner Elon Musk in an interview on Monday.
The Israeli prime minister cited wealthy Gulf states as examples of Muslim countries that have been “deradicalized”.
Speaking to Musk in an interview broadcast live on X, Netanyahu said the destruction of Hamas would be a threat. “precursor” to more systemic changes in Gaza.
“We must demilitarize Gaza after the destruction of Hamas. We must deradicalize Gaza, and that will take time. » he stated. “Above all, work in mosques and in schools, this is where children imbibe their values. And then we have to rebuild Gaza.
Throughout Israel’s seven-week air and ground campaign in the Palestinian enclave, Netanyahu repeatedly declared that Hamas would cease to exist at the end of the operation. However, he was less clear on the future of the territory.
While some members of his government have called for a ethnic cleansing and the occupation of the Gaza Strip, the Prime Minister said earlier this month that “There must be a civil government there,” without explaining whether this government would be led by the Palestinian Authority or another political group.
Developing his vision of a “deradicalized” Gaza, Netanyahu told Musk that “We must first get rid of the poisonous regime, as you did in Germany, as you did in Japan during the Second World War. »
Netanyahu cited the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as examples of Arab states that have gone through this process, likely referring to their recognition of Israel in 2020. While Riyadh is close to concluding a state-brokered recognition deal -United before the start of the current war, Netanyahu added that the “The same thing is happening to a large extent in Saudi Arabia.”
The Israeli leader suggested that his country “Arab friends” could help rebuild Gaza, where the UN estimates that about half of all homes have been destroyed since the war began. Earlier this month, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Arab nations would not participate in any possible peacekeeping after the Gaza conflict, nor would they. “clean up the mess” left behind by the Israeli army.
“How can we talk about the future of Gaza when we don’t know what kind of Gaza will remain once this aggression ends? » Safadi then asked.
Musk traveled to Israel on Monday to meet with Netanyahu and the families of Israelis taken hostage by Hamas. The trip came as Jewish groups accused the billionaire of allowing anti-Semitic content on finished with Musk approving the Israeli attack on Gaza.