The Israeli War Council announced, in a press conference on Saturday evening, the move to the second phase of ground operations in GazaHe confirmed its continuation until what they described as “achievement of victory and the return of the kidnapped persons.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin said Netanyahu They are committed to continuing the war until “a decisive victory is achieved to eliminate… agitation“, “returning the kidnapped people,” and “ensuring that Gaza will not pose a threat to Israel,” he said.
Netanyahu called for popular and political support in order to achieve these goals, adding that the United States and the world are exerting “great pressure, but we are repelling it and will continue the war,” stressing that they are making great political efforts at the international level, “to secure a margin of freedom of movement in this war, which will be long,” according to Saying it.
The Israeli Prime Minister denied that there was a deal on the table so far, saying that they were making every effort to return the largest number of kidnapped people.
He said that “it is not possible to establish a civil administration in Gaza that supports and pays for terrorism,” and that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) still refuses to condemn what happened on October 7, 43 days later.
Hamas plays with the feelings of Israelis
In turn, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said that his forces have moved to the second phase of ground operations in Gaza, and that with every passing day, the places enabling Hamas to move on the western side of Gaza City are decreasing.
He added that Hamas plays with the feelings of families and the Israeli public, and that it only understands the language of force.
He stressed that Israel’s war on Hamas is “a comprehensive war, and this includes members, and there is no difference between a terrorist with a Kalashnikov and another with a suit,” he said.
He stressed that we must focus on “my goal is to win the war and return the kidnapped people, and I do not want to deal with other matters.”
The priority is the return of the kidnapped
As for Israeli War Council member Benny Gantz, he said that the war will continue with great force, and after that there will be peace and security.
He pointed out that Israel will not administer the Gaza Strip after the war, and that Hamas will not administer it either, he said.
He added, “I met with the families of the kidnapped today, and we are all as a war council and everyone is doing what is necessary to return the kidnapped,” stressing that the priority – from his perspective – is to return those he described as “the kidnapped.”