Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly intends to put the country's military in control of the Gaza Strip after the war with Hamas.
The Times of Israel says Netanyahu made the remarks on Friday during a meeting in Tel Aviv with officials from towns along the border with Gaza.
The prime minister reportedly says Israelis will not hand Gaza over to international forces.
His remarks may trigger a backlash. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier expressed his opposition to a reoccupation by the Israeli military.
Israeli troops continued their ground offensive in urban neighborhoods on Friday.
Authorities in Gaza say at least 25 people were killed in an attack on a school in the northern region.
A video of the purported site shows a partially collapsed building and a motionless child being taken out of the rubble. The footage also shows dozens of bodies wrapped in cloth.
The Israeli military claims Hamas fighters are based at schools and hospitals, and using civilians as human shields.
Health authorities in Gaza say medical institutions at 135 locations have so far been attacked, and at least two hospitals are being encircled by Israeli troops.