Benjamin Netanyahu Rejects Ceasefire Calls and Vows to Maintain Security Control in Gaza

Benjamin Netanyahu Vows to Maintain Control of Gaza Strip's Security, Rejects Calls for Ceasefire
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Israel will assert "overall security" control over the Gaza Strip following the conflict with Hamas. Despite international calls for a ceasefire, Netanyahu affirmed that the war against the terror group would continue until its destruction. 

The Hamas-run health ministry reported a death toll of over 10,000 people due to Israel's bombardment of the territory in response to an attack on October 7. Over 1.5 million Gazans have fled their homes in search of safety.

Netanyahu stated in an interview with ABC News that Israel would assume indefinite responsibility for the overall security of Gaza. He argued that the territory should be governed by those who reject Hamas' approach. 

While the United States, a key ally of Israel, seeks a humanitarian pause in the fighting, other countries and UN agencies have repeatedly called for a ceasefire. However, Netanyahu has remained resistant to these calls, emphasizing that a general ceasefire will not occur without the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

Regarding tactical pauses, Netanyahu mentioned that short-term humanitarian breaks could be considered to allow goods and individual hostages to move. However, he asserted that a general ceasefire would undermine the military pressure exerted on Hamas. 

The Israeli leader expressed his gratitude to President Joe Biden for the United States' support but made it clear that a ceasefire would be seen as surrendering to Hamas.

Netanyahu's comments followed a phone call with President Biden, during which they discussed potential tactical pauses but did not address a ceasefire. 

The Israeli army reported conducting significant strikes on 450 targets within 24 hours, targeting Hamas commanders in underground tunnels. Israeli troops stationed near the Gaza border expressed a mix of pride in protecting their country and nervousness as the conflict escalates.


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