Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified that the conflict between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas concerning the electricity issue is an “internal Palestinian debate and any other interpretation is wrong.” However, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel will operate in order to maintain relative calm on the security level.
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Nearly two days after the Israeli Security Cabinet approved decreasing Gaza’s power supply, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the worsening crisis today (Tuesday). “It’s a subject of internal Palestinian debate,” Netanyahu elucidated. “Israel has no interest in escalated violence and any other interpretation is wrong.”
“Over the past two days, I’ve heard all sorts of false explanations regarding the electricity matter in Gaza,” Netanyahu added. “The electricity matter in Gaza is a subject of debate between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas: Hamas demands that the Palestinian Authority finance the electricity and the Palestinian Authority refuses to pay.”
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Netanyahu emphasized that although Israel does not strive to exacerbate the conflict, it will operate on the issue according to its fixed principles: “We have an interest in security and our policy is clear on the subject of security and it is not changing.”