Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended a cease-fire in Gaza, saying that the Israeli military was performing very nicely. (Photo: AFP)
WASHINGTON – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dominated out a cease-fire in Gaza on Thursday, saying the army was performing “very nicely,” however insisted Israel has no plans to retake the Palestinian territory.
“A ceasefire with Hamas means give up,” he informed Fox News, including that there was no “timetable” for the army offensive.
“I feel the Israeli military is doing very nicely,” he mentioned.
“However lengthy it takes, we’ll do it.”
Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after the militant group swept throughout the border from Gaza on October 7, killing 1,400 individuals, principally civilians, and taking about 240 hostages, in accordance to Israel.
More than 10,800 individuals have been killed in Gaza, principally civilians and plenty of of them youngsters, in accordance to the Hamas-run well being ministry within the aerial bombardment and floor assault.
Netanyahu mentioned Israel has no plans to keep in Gaza long-term.
“We do not strive to management Gaza. We do not strive to occupy it, however we strive to give it and us a greater future,” he mentioned, including that Israel “does not strive to displace anybody.”
Pushing his plan for Gaza’s future, he mentioned the impoverished and blockaded territory should be “demilitarized, deradicalized and rebuilt.”
“We can have to discover a authorities, it will likely be a civilian authorities,” he mentioned, with out giving particulars of who would possibly type such a authorities.
And he mentioned that Israeli forces would have to keep prepared to return to Gaza and “kill the killers”.
“That will stop an entity like Hamas from rising once more.”
The October 7 assault and subsequent battle got here as Israel moved nearer to a peace cope with Saudi Arabia, constructing on the so-called Abraham accords that normalized ties with a number of Arab nations.
Netanyahu insisted that the battle wouldn’t torpedo diplomatic momentum and that circumstances can be “ripe” for the resumption of negotiations after Israel destroyed Hamas.
“I feel circumstances shall be extra mature. In reality, after victory, I feel they are going to be much more mature.”