Israel-Hamas conflict: Rift deepens between Netanyahu and IDF over Hamas | EUROtoday

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A tv interview adopted by a pointy authorities response is the newest proof of a deepening rift between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the navy over whether or not Hamas could be eradicated and the dearth of a broader day-after plan for the top of the conflict in Gaza.

Netanyahu and his workplace have repeatedly said that the principle aim of the conflict is the destruction of Hamas, however they’ve averted speaking about how the Gaza Strip could be ruled afterward — one thing the navy insists must be established.

An Israel Defense Forces spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, stated in an interview late Wednesday with Channel 13: “Hamas cannot be destroyed. Hamas is an idea. Those who think it can be made to disappear are wrong.”

In what has been considered as a uncommon and pointed message from the navy to Israeli political management, Hagari continued: “What we can do is foster something new to replace Hamas. Who will that be? What will it be? That’s for the political leadership to decide.”

His feedback have been swiftly rebuffed by the prime minister’s workplace, as Netanyahu took his acquainted political place, reiterating that solely a “total victory” and the elimination of Hamas will finish the conflict in Gaza.

“Netanyahu has defined one of the war’s objectives as the destruction of Hamas’s military and governmental capabilities,” his workplace tweeted in response. “The IDF is, of course, committed to this.”


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The IDF appeared to face by Hagari’s feedback, stating that they have been made “explicitly and clearly.” It underscored that the IDF stays “committed to achieving the goals of the war, as set by the war cabinet, acts to do so tirelessly throughout the war and will keep doing so.”

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has issued statements voicing the deep misgivings of the broader protection institution, which fears that the federal government’s lack of a political technique in Gaza will permit Hamas to regroup. Benny Gantz and Gadi Eizenkot, conflict cupboard members from a centrist political coalition, resigned after urging Netanyahu to undertake a postwar plan for Gaza.

Israelis are extra assured of their navy than of their authorities, in line with a survey revealed Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The ballot of 1,001 Israelis, performed March 3 to April 4 — earlier than Netanyahu dissolved the conflict cupboard — discovered that 61 p.c of Jewish Israelis trusted their authorities to “do what is right for Israel.”

A overwhelming majority — 93 p.c — of Jewish Israelis stated the navy had a “very good” or “somewhat good” affect on home affairs. That comes even because the navy has come below scrutiny for what was considered as a lackluster and sluggish response to the Hamas assault on Oct. 7, and allegations within the worldwide neighborhood that the IDF is committing conflict crimes in Gaza.

Israelis have been additionally extra supportive of Gallant than of Netanyahu, in line with the survey. Seventy-four p.c of Jewish Israelis had a positive opinion of Gallant, whereas 51 p.c had a positive opinion of Netanyahu. Support for each leaders was paltry amongst Palestinian residents of Israel: 9 p.c had a positive view of the protection minister and seven p.c had a positive view of the prime minister.

Washington has additionally endorsed senior Israeli politicians to “connect its military operations [in Gaza] to a political strategy,” stated U.S. nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan throughout a go to to Israel final month. So far, Netanyahu has lashed out at his critics and refused to succumb to strain to formulate a day-after plan. In one such occasion, Netanyahu accused Washington of delaying weapons shipments to Israel in a video shared to social media Tuesday.

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby known as Netanyahu’s Tuesday video “perplexing” given the quantity of U.S. help to Israel. “It was vexing and disappointing to us as much as it was incorrect,” Kirby said Thursday.

The United States and some members of the Israeli military establishment have envisioned a postwar role for an overhauled Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank. Netanyahu’s government, however, has repeatedly rejected any role for it, and the Foreign Ministry under Netanyahu ally Israel Katz recently started a social media campaign to discredit the idea.

Street protests in Israel are escalating, as well, with demonstrators on Thursday once again blocking highways in Tel Aviv and near the town of Caesarea where Netanyahu lives. Families of hostages, along with others, held signs and placards as they blocked traffic and called for elections and the release of hostages. Einav Zangauker, the mother of one hostage, lambasted Netanyahu.

“You chose your political survival over the people and the hostages,” she informed Israeli media, addressing Netanyahu. “The guilt will follow you to the grave. You cannot escape it.”

The debate over the future of the Israeli operation in Gaza comes as aid agencies report a worsening humanitarian situation after the IDF’s incursion into the southern city of Rafah that started in May and severely disrupted humanitarian activities.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in an update this week that “hundreds of thousands of displaced people in southern Gaza” continue to suffer from poor access to shelter, health, food, water and sanitation. Almost 60 percent of Gaza’s cropland has been damaged, it added, while the food supply chain in Gaza has been “severely disrupted.”

Amid the increasingly desperate circumstances, looting is getting worse and hindering aid delivery efforts and humanitarian operations, according to Georgios Petropoulos, head of the Gaza sub-office for OCHA.

Without “any kind of civil order and rule of law in south Gaza,” cigarette smuggling alongside the Egyptian border has exploded, he informed The Post.

Cyprus’s president has underscored that his country is “in no way involved in the hostilities” in the Middle East. Nikos Christodoulides tweeted Thursday that, instead, the island nation is “part of the solution,” citing humanitarian aid and support for Gaza. His response follows comments this week from Hasan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese militant group and political party Hezbollah, who warned Cyprus against getting involved in the conflict and insinuated that the small nation was poised to assist the IDF. Nasrallah did not provide evidence for his claims.

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have upended life for Syrian refugees who live and work near the border. In southern Lebanon, the fighting has displaced more than 95,000 people, according to the International Organization for Migration, and damaged homes and the farmland where many Syrians worked as day laborers.

The U.N. Environment Program issued a report this week detailing the environmental impact of the conflict in Gaza. “Sewage, wastewater and solid waste management systems and facilities have collapsed,” it found. The destruction of buildings, roads and other infrastructure has generated over 39 million tons of debris, it added, “some of which is contaminated with unexploded ordnance, asbestos and other hazardous substances. Human remains are buried in this vast quantity of building debris.”

At least 37,431 ​​people have been killed and 85,653 injured in Gaza since the war startedaccording to the Gaza Health Ministry on Thursday. It does not distinguish between civilians and combatants but says the majority of the dead are women and children. Israel estimates that about 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack, including more than 300 soldiers, and it says 310 soldiers have been killed since the launch of its military operations in Gaza.

Lior Soroka and Miriam Berger contributed to this report.