Netanyahu during the meeting
Netanyahu during the meetingKobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Friday with local council leaders of Gaza adjacent communities, now called Tekuma.

The Prime Minister and the meeting's attendees stood for a moment of silence in memory of the Head of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, Ofir Libstein, who was murdered in the Hamas attack on October 7.

"These people, the community leaders and the residents of the communities neighboring Gaza, have exhibited remarkable resilience. Civilians and soldiers alike fought tooth and nail," said Netanyahu.

“The residents of the region and the government are exhibiting determination to re-establish more than was ever before. To renovate, build and develop. First of all, restore security — ensure that there is no Hamas and that Hamas does not come back — but also ensure robust life," he added.

The local council leaders told Netanyahu that they were demanding a different security reality the day after the war and demanded "not to agree to a ceasefire, and to finish the work in Gaza until the last terrorist is eliminated".

Netanyahu assured them that "after the elimination of Hamas, there will be total Israeli security control over the Gaza Strip, including full demilitarization, to ensure that there is no longer a threat from Gaza to the citizens of Israel."

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