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Israel’s Defense Minister Outlines Three Phases for Defeating Hamas

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Yoav Gallant has outlined three phases –

His defense minister, Yoav Gallant, has outlined “three phases” of direct hostilities in which Israel’s government and military capabilities are destroyed in order to defeat Hamas.

Notably, Israel has entered only three phases of its war against Hamas, and at the end of these phases it is planning to establish a “new security order” in the Gaza Strip.

Israel withdrew most of Gaza in 2005 and immediately imposed an air, land, and sea blockade on the enclave, which intensified and worsened shortly after Hamas took power in 2007.

Surprise Attack –

After Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel last week, killing at least 1,400 people, the country responded by imposing a total blockade on Gaza and began mobilizing its forces for a major ground offensive.

More than 4,100 people have been killed so far in the massive and relentless aerial bombardment of Gaza, according to the Ministry of Health in the besieged and besieged enclave.

And his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, has outlined “three phases” of hostilities in which Hamas will be defeated on a massive scale by destroying Israel’s governmental and military capabilities.

All of this, he said, would be followed by the initial and current phase of a sustained assault on the ground, which

is Palestinian, to “neutralize the terrorists and completely destroy Hamas’s infrastructure.”

Gallant told Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the subsequent phase “will not take a day, a week or a month”.

Gallant said that his ultimate and final goal would be to remove any responsibility from Israel that was not on Gaza by creating a new “security regime” in the region.

Gallant said –

Gallant said that “the military campaign will usher in a new and stronger security reality for our Israeli citizens” and will be forthcoming.

Additional Information –

Israel’s military last week ordered more than a million residents of northern Gaza to flee south, prompting Palestinians to argue that the army is seeking a permanent mass displacement of residents.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the president of Egypt and has said that he will not allow any flow of refugees directly from Gaza, without commenting on any possible future role in the enclave of Cairo.

Palestinians also face border restrictions imposed by Egypt at the Rafah crossing, a tight border south of Gaza.

Smoke and flames billow after Israeli forces struck a high-rise tower in Gaza City, October 7, 2023. Palestinian militants have begun a “war” against Israel which they infiltrated by air, sea and land from the blockaded Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said, a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo by Ali Hamad \ apaimages

Israeli officials said two American hostages held in Gaza by Hamas militants, or terrorists, were freed and desperate families were given “a glimmer of hope” as Israel struck the densely populated region where tens of millions of people were waiting for promised aid deliveries on Saturday. The

Islamist group entered Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, taking more than 200 hostages and killing at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians who were shot, mutilated and burned on the first day of the raid.

Mirjana Spoljarić, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the release of the mother and her daughter Judith and Nathalie Raanan offered a rare “edge of hope” for those whose fates were decided or shrouded in uncertainty.

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