Gallant: ‘We’re Carrying On Where We Left Off, Hamas Violated Ceasefire Framework’

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant spoke Saturday night  for the first time since the IDF resumed fighting in Gaza on Friday morning, explaining the need for further fighting.

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“Over a week ago, we agreed on a framework between Hamas and Israel, and things were clear,” he began. “All the women and children held by Hamas should have returned to their homes and families.”

“After releasing over 80 hostages – a very important achievement in itself – Hamas violated the agreed framework. Hamas refuses to release 17 women and children held hostage in Gaza – that is 15 women and 2 children. As a result of Hamas’ decision not to fulfill that which was agreed upon, and in accordance with the War Cabinet’s decision, yesterday morning I instructed the IDF to resume fire.”

He continued, “Over the past day, I saw the results of our operations up close. Yesterday I saw them from withing the cockpit of an IAF attack helicopter. Today I saw them in the field with the combat soldiers deployed to the southern border. The results are very impressive. The IDF has returned to fighting at full force – we are carrying on, exactly where we left off.”

“We are keeping our eyes on the goals of this war: defeating Hamas, destroying its governing and military capabilities – not allowing Hamas to continue its rule over Gaza, and returning the hostages to their homes. As long as Hamas refuses to comply with what has been established, we will continue to operate, we will continue to take [military] action, until we achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.”

Gallant also noted that “As you expand the military operation, you achieve two goals. First, you strike the Hamas organization – eliminating more terrorists, more commanders, more terror infrastructure, tunnels, command and control rooms and headquarters. Through our military action, we also create the conditions that push [Hamas] to pay a heavy price, and that is in the release of hostages. It is our military action that has led to the release of 110 hostages so far.”

“Today, every [Hamas] commander in the Gaza strip understands what happened to the battalions in northern Gaza,” he stressed. “They understand what their future holds.”

“Hamas will not determine what happens – only the IDF will. Hamas’ morale is low. Eight weeks have passed since the start of the war – including 3 weeks of strikes, 4 weeks of maneuvering and one week during which hostages returned home.”

Gallant also noted that “thousands of terrorists have been eliminated, and hundreds more have been apprehended and are being interrogated in Israel.

“We have 110 civilians [hostages who were released] and an additional 3 bodies, that were returned via IDF operations. The release of 110 live hostages has not been achieved by any other military anywhere in the world against any other terrorist organization – not against Al Qaeda, not against ISIS, not against Boko Haram – we achieved this against Hamas as a result of the IDF’s power and precision, together with the Shin Bet and other security organizations.”

Hamas, however, “blatantly violated the framework that was reached together with the United States, Egypt and Qatar.”

“We will return all the hostages – until the very last one,” the Defense Minister pledged. “The IDF, the defense establishment and I myself am personally committed to this task.”

Praising the IDF, Shin Bet, Mossad, Israel Police and all the security agencies, Gallant added, “I meet them on a daily basis , I see both the commanders and soldiers, senior and junior officials, and my message to the citizens of Israel is: You have someone to be proud of, you have someone to trust. The IDF and all the security agencies are the defensive shields that ensure our lives in the State of Israel.”


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Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

bla-bla-bla…kochi viotzem yadi…bla-bla-bla

Jj friedman
Jj friedman
2 months ago

For the first time ever I Agee with
Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who said on Friday afternoon, “Netanyahu: Officially declare end of ceasefire talks with Nazi-like Hamas”, arguing that the IDF cannot be fighting a semi-war.”

Jj friedman
Jj friedman
2 months ago

“ The IDF on Saturday uncovered dozens of Hamas missiles hidden underneath UNRWA equipment, it announced.Dozens of missiles with varying capacities, as well as some 30 Grad rockets, were found and confiscated by forces from the 261st Brigade.”
How much more do we need, before destroying the net of vipers.

See@gmail.com
2 months ago

There are no civilians in Gaza, they are ALL terrorists

Jj friedman
Jj friedman
2 months ago

Now that the news reported that a teacher of UNHCR organization, held a hostage in the attic of his home, Israel should first find out who is the teacher and disseminate the picture of the person so Israel could arrest him. Second US pull funding from the agency, US and the west are the vast majority donors.
Second it was also reported that a pediatrician from the hospital also held a hostage locked up in his attic, only feeding him, one slice of bread daily. Now how many pediatricians are in Gaza, let’s get photos of this bastard, and printed so we could find him and avenge his actions. Both keeds could easily recognize, the culprits.

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
2 months ago

Pretty impressive cease-fire violation. After a month of Israeli bombardment, the Bad Guys still had plenty of rockets to launch.