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JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Saturday (Jan 20) to push back against US President Joe Biden’s remarks about Palestinian statehood after the war against Hamas in Gaza ends.

Biden on Friday said he spoke with Netanyahu about possible solutions for creation of an independent Palestinian state, suggesting one path could involve a non-militarized government.

“In his conversation with President Biden, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated his policy that after Hamas is destroyed Israel must retain security control over Gaza to ensure that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel, a requirement that contradicts the demand for Palestinian sovereignty,” a statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office said.

Asked to clarify whether Netanyahu is opposed to any kind of Palestinian statehood, his office did not immediately respond.

Biden’s call with Netanyahu was the first in nearly a month, the White House said. Asked if a two-state solution was “impossible” while Netanyahu was in office, Biden said: “No, it’s not.”

He said Netanyahu was not opposed to all two-state solutions, and there were a number of types possible.

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