Israel will destroy the Palestinian group Hamas, the military on the front line knows that the whole nation is behind them, and is ready to exterminate the “bloody monsters,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a meeting of the emergency government.
The politician began the weekly meeting with a minute of silence in memory of the Israelis killed in combat – “our brothers and sisters who were killed in cold blood, and our heroic soldiers who fell in battle,” transmits The Times of Israel.
“Hamas thought we would break, but we will destroy Hamas,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israeli unity “sends a clear message to the people, the enemies and the whole world.”
“I saw our wonderful warriors who are now on the front line. They know that the whole nation is behind them. They understand the enormity of the task. They are ready to act at any moment to exterminate the bloody monsters that have risen against us,” the prime minister said.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas began military operations against Israel. The militants attacked army border units, entered Israeli populated areas and took an unknown number of military and civilian hostages. The Israel Defense Forces announced the launch of Operation Iron Swords, and the Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war.
Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, Gilad Erdan, said that the country will not negotiate a truce with Hamas because it plans to destroy the Palestinian group. On October 9, the IDF announced a transition to the offensive phase of the destruction of the Palestinian radical organization.
On October 14, the Israeli military announced its readiness to begin the next stage of the military operation in the Gaza Strip, which includes, among other things, ground invasion into the Palestinian enclave. The next day, media reported that the IDF had postponed the ground operation due to weather, as cloud cover could prevent drone operators from supporting the army from the air.
In Israel and the Gaza Strip, more than 3,500 people have been killed since the start of hostilities, including more than 2,300 citizens. are Palestinians.