Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has commented on who he believes should be in control of the Gaza Strip after the region is “extirpated of terrorism”, saying the Palestinian Authority is “incapable”.

“When Hamas is no longer the governing power, the question is going to be what replaces it,” Mr Shapiro told Sky News host Piers Morgan.

“Unfortunately, there has been no power other than Israel that has been willing to actually take up that question, simply because the Palestinian Authority is incapable of even running the West Bank.

“The UAE has no interest in running the Gaza Strip; Egypt has no interest in running the Gaza Strip; Jordan has no interest in running the Gaza Strip; Saudi has no interest in running the Gaza Strip; the United States, obviously, has no interest in running the Gaza Strip; so the question becomes who runs the Gaza Strip?

“And if you are Israel, that question is not a question for a distant day – that is a question for every day, and, right now, the military is effectively in control of the Gaza Strip, and that is likely to remain until there is some form of regime in the Gaza Strip that can be put in place that will end with the extirpation of terrorism.

“So, the question here is a tough one – it’s not an answerable one in kind of right now, and that’s sort of the problem.

“Just because there’s no good answer to the question, doesn’t mean the question isn’t urgent or that there is an alternative option available to what Israel is doing.”