Taher El-Nounou, a Hamas media adviser, told the New York Times the dire events unfolding in the Near East since October 7 are necessary ‘to change the entire equation and not just have a clash’.
‘We succeeded in putting the Palestinian issue back on the table, and now no one in the region is experiencing calm,’ El-Nounou said.
‘I hope that the state of war with Israel will become permanent on all the borders, and that the Arab world will stand with us.’
At least 10,569 Palestinians including 4,324 children, have been killed and 26,457 wounded in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed in the last month, most of whom died during Hamas’ initial incursion into southern Israel.
A woman carries the body of her child, killed in an air strike on a house in the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 8 November 2023
A smoke plume erupts during Israeli bombardment near a position along the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on November 8, 2023
Palestinians inspect the damage of a destroyed mosque following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, November 8, 2023
The comments come as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested Israel would take indefinite ‘security responsibility’ over the Strip in an imagined post-conflict scenario.
Netanyahu told ABC News on Tuesday that Gaza should be governed by ‘those who don’t want to continue the way of Hamas.
‘I think Israel will, for an indefinite period, will have the overall security responsibility because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it.
‘When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine.’
Netanyahu also said resolutely there would be ‘no cease-fire, general cease-fire, in Gaza without the release of our hostages.’
‘As far as tactical little pauses, an hour here, an hour there. We’ve had therm before, I suppose, [we] will check the circumstances in order to enable goods, humanitarian good to come in, or our hostages, individual hostages to leave.’
Hamas are holding at least 240 people hostage in Gaza, according to Israeli authorities, taking scores back into the enclave on October 7. The hostages include 33 children, older people, foreigners or dual citizens, and Israeli soldiers.
Four civilian hostages have so far been released – two on October 20 and two on October 24.
Qatar is currently mediating negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the potential release of between 10 to 15 more hostages in exchange for a short ceasefire, it was reported today.
The ceasefire would last between one and two days, during which up to 15 hostages captured by Hamas gunmen on October 7 will be released, a source briefed on the talks said today.
Netanyahu’s other comments on a proposed occupation of Gaza drew criticism from international onlookers including the United States.
‘Reoccupation by Israeli forces of Gaza is not the right thing to do,’ White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said.
However, Kirby appeared unmoved to contradict on Netanyahu on the issue.
‘Israel and the United States are friends and we do not have to agree on every single word… Netanyahu and Biden are not always exactly in the same place on every issue.’
A young person searches through buildings, destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on November 8, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza
Heavy fighting rages in the northern Gaza Strip as Israel encircles the area, despite increasingly pressing calls for a humanitarian truce. Pictured: Khan Yunis, November 8, 2023
Israeli soldiers keep a position while troops train in the upper Galilee region of northern Israel near the border with Lebanon on November 8, 2023
An Israeli air force attack helicopter releases flares while flying over the border with the Gaza Strip near southern Israel on November 8, 2023
Experts have warned a military occupation of the Gaza Strip may not effectively displace Hamas – and could only stoke resentment towards Israel.
Rafi Cohen, Director of RAND’s Strategy and Doctrine Program, said: ‘Israel can remove Hamas from political power in Gaza with force and that’s a still significant win – but I think it is a real concern that IDF presence (in Gaza) will foster further hatred of Israel.’
Peter Neumann, Professor of Security Studies at King’s College London, suggested Israel would have a challenge assessing the risks of occupying Gaza – and not.
‘Until four weeks ago, most Israeli generals would have said that it’s a terrible idea to reoccupy Gaza, and that occupying Gaza is neither good for the Gazans nor for Israel. But clearly the risks coming out of that territory are now considered unacceptable,’ he said.
‘Israel should think twice if this is the right way forward.’
Fears also mount that the war could become a wider regional conflict, with Iran backing Hamas allies in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen against Israel.
The war has already seen Israel clash several times on the southern border with Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.
And Israel has sent missile boats to the Red Sea to head off potential strikes from Iran-backed forces in Yemen.
Israel has made steady gains following weeks of devastating strikes into the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops are now advancing ‘deep inside’ Gaza City where they are fighting intense and bloody battles against Hamas.
‘We are in the heart of Gaza City,’ Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said today, adding Israel was ‘tightening the noose’.
Combat engineers are now using explosive devices to destroy a tunnel network that stretches for hundreds of miles beneath the territory.
Amid the invasion, the Israel Defense Forces today claimed to have killed a Hamas weapons boss and cornered the mastermind of the horrific October 7 massacre in his bunker as Israeli forces continue to advance ‘deep inside’ Gaza City.
Israeli airstrikes ‘eliminated’ leading Hamas armourer Mahsein Abu Zina and several terrorists who were attacking IDF troops with ground-to-ground rocket fire, the military said today.
Israeli troops also managed to corner Yahya Sinwar, the most senior Hamas leader in Gaza and believed to be a key planner of the October 7 attacks that left 1,400 Israelis dead, in his bunker.
Troops reportedly managed to corner Yahya Sinwar (pictured left in Gaza City on April 30, 2022), the most senior Hamas leader in Gaza, and ‘eliminate’ top armourer Mahsein Abu Zina
Thousands of civilians have died since October 7, 2023, after Hamas entered Israel in an unprecedented attack triggering a war declared by Israel with retaliatory bombings on Gaza
Palestinians react as they check the rubble of a building, in Khan Yunis on November 6, 2023
The death toll in Gaza hit a bleak milestone this week, with more than 10,000 people killed according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Gaza is ‘becoming a graveyard for children’ and restated calls for a ceasefire.
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