The Palestinian Authority could have returned to Gaza after last summer’s Gaza war, but they refused and preferred instead to try and sue Israel before the International Criminal Court, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told a conference at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on Monday.
“We tried to enable the Palestinian Authority to enter the Gaza Strip and they did not want to. They ran away….They are good at blaming us in the UN Security Council and in the ICC, but when they need to take responsibly they are gone.”
Israel does not want to manage Palestinian affairs and it is important to help advance the Palestinian economy and to improve day-to-day life, Ya’alon said. However, the differences between the Israelis and Palestinians “are huge. We have no meeting ground. We must internalize that we will not solve the conflict, but we have to manage it wisely.”