NDuring a message to the country broadcast tonight on television, after spending the entire day in meetings with security officials, Netanyahu promised to “reduce to rubble” all Hamas hideouts in the Palestinian enclave of two million inhabitants and admitted that the war will “take time.”
The Israeli Prime Minister also threatened heavy consequences if the Israeli hostages held by Hamas were molested “in a single hair”.
“We will defeat them to death and avenge this dark day,” he said.
When describing Gaza as the “city of evil”, the ruler also noted in his address that Israel will “reduce to rubble” all the places “where Hamas hides”.
“You must get out of there now because we are going to act everywhere with our strength”, he continued, addressing the inhabitants of Gaza.
In parallel, the Likud party (nationalist right), Netanyahu’s political force, reported that the prime minister suggested to the two main opposition leaders the formation of a “broad emergency government” to face the open war in the Strip region. Gaza.
The offer was addressed to Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, and Benny Gantz, of the National Unity party. The latter has already admitted to studying the possibility of participating in a government while the war lasts.
Previously, Lapid had already suggested the formation of a unity government to “supervise the difficult, complex and prolonged campaign” that Israel has ahead, defending the need for “a professional, experienced and responsible political class”.
The leader of Yesh Atid also did not doubt the availability of Benny Gantz, former Minister of Defense, to join the unity government, pointing out that with such a decision the country “makes it clear” to its enemies that “the absolute majority of citizens of Israel supports the Armed Forces and military leadership.”
“Let’s make it clear to the world, at an international level, that the people of Israel unite and remain united if there are threats”, he stressed.
The surprise attack launched today by Hamas against Israeli territory, in an operation called “Al-Aqsa Storm”, involved the launch of thousands of rockets and the incursion of armed militiamen by land, sea and air.
In response, Israel bombed several Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip from the air, in an operation it dubbed “Iron Swords”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is “at war” with Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
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