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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Encourages Troops in Gaza, Pledges to Eliminate Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a visit to the Gaza Strip on Sunday to boost the morale of the troops and reaffirm Israel’s commitment to dismantle Hamas once the ceasefire ends. Netanyahu, a former special forces soldier, became the first prime minister to visit Gaza in two decades.

Israel had withdrawn its troops and settlements from the territory in 2005 with hopes of fostering peace, but instead, Hamas initiated rocket attacks on Israel. During his visit, Netanyahu addressed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops, stating, “We are here in the Gaza Strip with our heroic soldiers.

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We are making every effort to return our hostages, and in the end, we will return them all.” He emphasized three goals for the war: the elimination of Hamas, the safe return of all hostages, and the prevention of Gaza from posing a threat to Israel.

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Netanyahu expressed unwavering determination to achieve these objectives, declaring, “We are continuing until the end – until victory. Nothing will stop us, and we are convinced that we have the force, the strength, the will, and the determination to achieve all of our goals for the war.”

Netanyahu also had discussions with President Joe Biden regarding Avigail Idan, a four-year-old Israeli-American hostage who suffered the loss of her parents at the hands of Hamas. He assured Biden that Israel would return to the conflict “with full power” once the ceasefire period expired, emphasizing that they had no other option.

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Meanwhile, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visited Israeli troops on the Lebanese border, which has been plagued by attacks from Hezbollah for the past seven weeks. Israel has responded to each attack with retaliatory fire.

Gallant stated that IDF had successfully pushed back Hezbollah forces from the border, inflicting casualties and destroying numerous observation posts, warehouses, bunkers, and headquarters. He credited these achievements as the groundwork for the eventual return of Israeli residents to the northern communities under improved conditions.

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Gallant also expressed his commitment to bring back all the Israeli hostages promptly, stating, “Every hostage that is brought [home] to the State of Israel is important to us – we will make every possible effort to bring them all home as quickly as possible. We are committed to this – I am personally committed to it.”

He confirmed that the IDF was preparing for a return to intense combat in Gaza as directed by him, and they would continue their operations until the complete destruction of Hamas and the safe return of the hostages to their homes.

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Despite Hezbollah’s violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which mandates the demilitarization of the border region in Lebanon, Israel remains resolute in its efforts to reclaim peace and security.

As the ceasefire continues, Israel welcomes the release of hostages by Hamas, with reports suggesting that Hamas is considering extending the pause and releasing more hostages each day.

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