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Israel-Hamas war: Netanyahu refuses a “general ceasefire” in Gaza without the release of hostages (Photo by BenjaminNetanyahu taken October 28, 2023)
INTERNATIONAL – During a television interview on Monday, November 6, Benjamin Netanyahu once again visited the Gaza Strip, kidnapped by Hamas during its attack on Israel on October 7 which sparked the conflict.
“There will be no ceasefire in Gaza without the release of our hostages”he said, as UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Monday, November 6, to end “to the humanitarian nightmare in Gaza” became “a cemetery for children”.
There “overall responsibility for safety” from Gaza
The Israeli Prime Minister also declared on Monday that his country would “overall responsibility for safety” from the Gaza Strip for an indefinite period, once the war with Hamas ends, once again rejecting the possibility of a ceasefire.
Asked on ABC News who should govern after the war, Benjamin Netanyahu replied: “ those who do not want to continue on the path of Hamas “.
“Israel will assume, for an indefinite period, overall responsibility for security” in the Palestinian territory, he added. “Because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it.” When we do not have this responsibility for security, we see the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale we could not imagine.”he said.
“Possibility of tactical breaks”
“As for the little tactical breaks – an hour here, an hour there – we’ve already had them”added Benjamin Netanyahu in his interview.
The Israeli Prime Minister was referring to a statement from the White House, according to which he had mentioned the “possibility of tactical breaks” with Benjamin Netanyahu “to provide civilians with opportunities to safely leave combat zones, ensure that aid reaches civilians in need, and enable the potential release of hostages”.
“I guess we’ll look at the circumstances to allow goods – humanitarian goods – to come in or our hostages to leave. But I don’t think there will be a general ceasefire.”Benjamin Netanyahu repeated. “This would hinder our efforts to get our hostages out, because the only thing that works on these criminals and on Hamas is the military pressure we exert”he said again.
Responsibility for the October 7 attack
Asked about his responsibility for the October 7 attack, Benjamin Netanyahu replied: ” Of course “. “There is no doubt about it and it must be resolved after the war”he said, adding that his government had not “clearly” failed to fulfill its obligation to protect its people.
Since October 7, more than 1,400 people have died in Israel according to the authorities, mainly civilians killed on the day of the Hamas attack, the deadliest in Israeli history. Hamas also took more than 240 hostages to Gaza.
Israeli bombings in retaliation on the Gaza Strip, where Hamas has been in power since 2007, left 10,022 dead, mostly civilians including more than 4,000 children, according to the report from the Hamas Health Ministry on Monday.
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