senior Israeli official says war will last at least until end of year

senior Israeli official says war will last at least until end of year
senior Israeli official says war will last at least until end of year

Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser said he expected “seven more months of fighting.”

Seven more months. The fighting in Gaza will continue at least until the end of 2024, Israel’s national security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said on Wednesday May 29.

“We expect another seven months of fighting to consolidate our gains and achieve what we define as the destruction of the military and administrative capabilities of Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” he said in a radio interview with Kan, the Israeli public broadcaster, and relayed by the New York Times.

The statements of this senior Israeli official further distance the prospect of a ceasefire, while Israel is criticized internationally for its bloody offensive in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli strike killed at least 45 people overnight from Sunday to Monday in a displaced persons camp in Rafah. After the strike, a White House spokesperson said the United States “does not turn a blind eye” to the victims, but nevertheless maintains its support for Israel.

A draft UN resolution

On Tuesday, the Hamas-led Gaza Civil Defense and Health Minister announced that a new Israeli strike had killed 21 people in a displaced persons camp in the west of the city. But this time, Israel denied carrying out such an attack.

For several days, international pressure has intensified against the Jewish state. Last week, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to cease its military offensive on the city of Rafah. This Tuesday, Algeria announced that it was preparing a draft UN Security Council resolution “to stop the massacre in Rafah”.

According to the Hamas Health Ministry’s count on Wednesday, at least 75 Palestinians died in 24 hours in Israeli operations in Gaza, bringing the death toll to 36,171.

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