Netanyahu and Joe Biden Clash Over Gaza

Cracks may begin to appear between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s relationship after both men disagreed on who will run the Gaza Strip once Hamas is removed from power.
Biden, in an op-ed in The Washington Post, called for Israel for a two-state solution as the only solution to the decades-long dispute between Israel and Palestine.


“As we strive for peace, Gaza and the West Bank should be reunited under a single governance structure, ultimately under a revitalized Palestinian Authority, as we all work toward a two-state solution,” Biden wrote.
Netanyahu, however, rejected the Idea of handing over the Gaza Strip to the Palestine Authority. The Israeli Prime Minister maintained that he will not hand control over to a regime that encourages terror and teaches and funds terror.


“In Gaza, after the destruction of Hamas, and for a long time thereafter, there will not be a regime that encourages terror, that teaches terror, that funds terror — that also indoctrinates about the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews — this will not be,” Netanyahu said at a press conference on Saturday night.
The Palestine Authority, which ran Gaza from 1994 to 2007 before Hamas was ousted in a bloody coup, has a track record of funding terrorism against Israel. The Palestine Authority created the practice of “pay-to-slay.” The policy provides stipends to terrorists in Israeli prisons, alongside pensions for the families of those terrorists killed by Israeli forces.
Several efforts have been made to get the Palestine Authority to stop the pay-to-slay practice. Former President Donald Trump signed the Taylor Force Act in 2018, preventing the Palestinian Authority from getting funds from the as long as it continues the policy. However, the Palestine Authority still continues the practice.
Rocket attacks against Israel began under the Palestinian Authority, long before Hamas took over. The Palestinian Authority intensified those attacks in 2001 and continued even after Israel withdrew its forces and civilians from the Gaza Strip in 2005.