Israeli Emergency Government Minister Benny Gantz said – today, Thursday – that everyone who participated in the leadership Israel He cannot absolve himself of responsibility for the events of October 7, referring to an operation Al-Aqsa flood Which the Palestinian resistance launched on unknown towns In the Gaza Strip.
Gantz, a member of the Israeli government’s military cabinet, confirmed during a press conference that he bears responsibility for the attacks of the Islamic Resistance Movement ( agitation) on the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip.
He said, “Everyone who participated in the leadership of Israel in any capacity cannot absolve himself of responsibility. I have been in security positions for more than 20 years, and I do not absolve myself of responsibility.”
Accusations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to evade responsibility and blaming the army and intelligence services are mounting in Israel.
Gantz, a former defense minister, considered that “Israel faces a challenge” that it has not witnessed since its establishment, at the military, political and social levels.
Regarding the expected Israeli ground attack on Gaza, he said that the ground operation is “one stage in a long-term process that includes security, political and social aspects that will continue for years,” noting that “the war will soon enter additional stages with greater intensity.”
Gantz defended his participation in the emergency government and the formation of the war ministerial council, saying that it “was the right step for Israel, and it proved its effectiveness in the decision-making process, in political and security behavior, and in the internal message to Israeli society and the external message to our enemies.”
He added, “Just as I knew when to enter, I will also know when to exit (from the government). I will stay here until the end of the war.”
Regarding the Israeli prisoners in Gaza, Gantz said, “We made tireless efforts day and night over the past two weeks, to fulfill the moral imperative and national duty of returning our daughters and sons to the homeland.”
On October 7, Hamas captured at least 244 Israelis, including high-ranking military personnel.
Gantz evaded answering the question about whether Israel would allow the re-entry of fuel into Gaza.
Israel cuts off supplies of water, food, medicine and fuel to Gaza’s population of about 2.3 million people, who are besieged from all sides.
The residents of the Gaza Strip suffer from extremely deteriorating living conditions, as a result of an ongoing Israeli siege since Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in 2006.