The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has come out to declare that a ceasefire in the Gaza war ‘will not happen’ as it would simply amount ‘to surrender’ to Hamas.
Netanyahu also told a press conference which was monitored by Africa Today News, New York that other countries must give more help in the struggle to free more than 230 hostages seized by Hamas in its 7th of October attacks.
He noted that the international community must demand the captives “be freed immediately, unconditionally”.
‘I want to make clear Israel’s position concerning the ceasefire, just as the United States did not agree to a ceasefire after the bombing of Pearl Harbor or after the terrorist attack of 9/11. Israel will not agree to the cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific attack of October 7th.’
‘Calls for a ceasefire are calls for surrender to Hamas, surrender to terrorism, surrender to barbarism, that will not happen,’ Netanyahu said
Vowing that Israel would “fight until this battle is won”, Netanyahu said the army was going out of its way to ‘prevent civilian casualties’ in Gaza.
Africa Today News, New York recalls that since the conflict began on October 7, when Hamas launched a murderous offensive on southern Israel that claimed 1,400 lives, largely civilians, the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza reports that at least 8,306 persons, mostly civilians, have died as a result of Israeli air and artillery strikes.
A fortnight ago, Netanyahu had vowed to sustain the fight against Hamas, declaring that every member of the Palestinian militant group was ‘a dead man’ and will be wiped away from the surface of the earth.
‘We will wipe Hamas off the face of the earth,’ he said in a brief televised statement, the first delivered jointly with his war cabinet.