Israel’s military admits it cannot eliminate Hamas

Hamas cannot be eliminated as an ideology, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Wednesday.

The more than eight-month war in the Gaza Strip, which began with Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, did not topple Hamas, but caused enormous damage due to Israel’s military response in the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas is an idea, and we cannot eliminate an idea,” Hagari emphasized in an interview with Israel’s Channel 13, adding: “To say that we will make Hamas disappear is just an illusion in people’s eyes, unless we find an alternative, Hamas will remain.”

Hagari’s remarks received negative feedback from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced the continuation of his country’s attack on the Gaza Strip with the aim of achieving the elimination of Hamas.

According to a statement from Netanyahu’s office, “The Ministerial and Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Netanyahu, set the destruction of Hamas’ military and governmental capabilities as one of the goals of the war, and the IDF is committed to achieving this.”

The Hamas offensive, which triggered the war, killed 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli data, while 251 people were kidnapped in the offensive, 116 of whom are still being held in Gaza, and 41 have died.

In response to the attack, the Israeli army launched a massive bombing and raid campaign in addition to ground attacks, which has so far killed 37,396 people, mostly civilians, according to data from the Hamas government’s Ministry of Health.

Source: Fas News Media

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