PA chief of staff: We must be ready to retake Hamas-ruled Gaza by force

“If Gaza remains mutinous, the Palestinian Authority will have no choice but to use force against it,” Ali said in a recent interview with Haaretz at his Ramallah offices.

Ali said the PA has not ruled out using force if the territory remains in Hamas’ hands. “There haven’t yet been consultations with the Israelis on the issue,” Ali said. “We hope we won’t need that option – for us it’s the last choice for unifying the homeland – but we must be prepared to implement it. If you want to transport forces [to Gaza] you need different weapons and different capabilities [than those currently available]. There must be Israeli, Jordanian and Egyptian agreement. But if circumstances permit then we must reunify the homeland.” >>>>>

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