Netanyahu: Despite Negotiations, We Will Fight ‘Until Hamas Is Eliminated’

Benjamin Netanyahu (Menahem Kahana / Pool / AFP via Getty)
Menahem Kahana / Pool / AFP via Getty

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Wednesday reiterating that Israel’s goal in the war in Gaza is to “eliminate” Hamas — even if it is currently negotiating with the terrorist organization on a pause in fighting and a hostage release.

Amid the swirling rumors of offers and counter-offers, Netanyahu made clear that Israel would not accept a permanent ceasefire (via Government Press Office translation):

“We are continuing the war to the end. It will continue until Hamas is eliminated – until victory.

Whoever thinks that we will stop is detached from reality. We will not stop the fighting until all of the goals that we have set are achieved: The elimination of Hamas, the release of our hostages and the removal of the threat from Gaza.

We are attacking Hamas with fierce fire, everywhere, including today. We are also attacking their accomplices near and far.

All Hamas terrorists, from the first to the last, are dead men walking. They have only two possibilities: Surrender or die.”

Talks began last week, through Qatar and Egypt, to facilitate a second “pause” in fighting that could allow several dozen hostages — female, elderly, or sick — to be returned. Hamas insisted that fighting stop permanently before talks — a demand Israel rejected.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: ‘Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Order’. He is also the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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