April 18, 2024
“[Israel’s] goal in eliminating the remaining terrorist battalions in Rafah goes hand in hand with enabling the civilian population to leave Rafah”: Netanyahu

Israel-Gaza war: Netanyahu vows to defy allies on Rafah invasion

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reaffirmed his determination to launch an offensive in Rafah, defying international criticism.

The city is crammed with some 1.5 million Palestinians from other parts of Gaza seeking refuge.

His comments come as the German chancellor, on a Middle East trip, restated his opposition to the plan.

But Mr Netanyahu said “no international pressure will stop Israel” from achieving all of its war aims.

“If we stop the war now before achieving all of its goals, the meaning is that Israel had lost the war and we will not allow this,” Mr Netanyahu told a meeting of his cabinet.

He said Israel must be able to continue its war, with the aims of eliminating Hamas, releasing all hostages and ensuring Gaza “no longer poses a threat”.

“To do this, we will also operate in Rafah.”

Mr Netanyahu said the offensive in city at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip “will happen” and will take “several weeks”.

He also lashed out at his critics, saying to them: “Is your memory so short?

“So quickly you forgot about [7 October], the worst massacre committed against Jews since the Holocaust.”

Those attacks, in which about 1,200 people were killed and more than 250 were taken hostage from Israel, sparked the current war.


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March 19, 2024 2:35 pm

The President of El Salvador – ‘Don’t teach us how to run our country’.

PM Netanyahu understands exactly what President Bukele understood.



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