Netanyahu REBUFFED: War cabinet minister says absolute defeat of Hamas is NOT REALISTIC
01/22/2024 // Richard Brown // Views

Gadi Eisenkot, an Israeli war cabinet minister and former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, said that achieving an "absolute defeat" of Hamas is not a realistic objective, offering a perspective that diverges from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's position.

In a recent interview with Israel's Channel 12, Eisenkot argued that a more transparent assessment of the situation is needed, pointing out that the goals of the war in the Gaza Strip have not yet been fully achieved.

The minister's remarks come amid an extended conflict, with Netanyahu expressing determination to secure a "complete victory" over Hamas in response to an October 7 attack. However, the Israeli government has faced criticism for not having a clear post-war plan for Gaza.

Eisenkot's comments also shed light on internal differences within the Israeli leadership regarding the objectives and feasibility of the ongoing military campaign. He highlighted the need for a realistic evaluation of the situation and urged leaders to consider the next steps.

Moreover, Eisenkot expressed his support for a diplomatic resolution, stating that returning Israeli hostages held by Hamas may require a deal.

Intriguingly, Eisenkot disclosed that he and National Unity party leader Benny Gantz played a pivotal role in preventing a preemptive attack on Hezbollah. He suggested that their intervention averted a significant strategic mistake, underscoring the complexities of managing multiple fronts in the region.

The interview revealed Eisenkot's skepticism about the Israeli leadership's transparency with the public, hinting at broader concerns about decision-making and accountability. He emphasized the importance of judging leaders based on their decisions and actions rather than blind trust.

Netanyahu: No to Palestinian statehood

In a recent post on social media, Netanyahu doubled down on his opposition to an independent Palestinian state, stating that full Israeli security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River is non-negotiable. (Related: Netanyahu: Israel to take over "security" in Gaza after the Israel-Hamas war.)

"I will not compromise on full Israeli security control over the entire area in the west of Jordan – and this is contrary to a Palestinian state," Netanyahu posted. This public reaffirmation of his position occurred a day after his conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden, who had offered unconditional support to Israel in its conflict with the Gaza Strip.

Biden had expressed the possibility of a two-state solution during the call, suggesting that a non-militarized government could be a path forward.

However, Netanyahu's office released a statement, indicating that the Israeli prime minister emphasized the need for Israel to retain security control over Gaza even after addressing the threat posed by Hamas. This condition contradicts the Palestinian demand for sovereignty.

Netanyahu is currently facing internal pressures within his far-right ruling coalition, pushing for an escalation in the conflict with Gaza.

The ongoing military operations have resulted in over 165 casualties in the past 24 hours, primarily affecting civilians, including women and children.

The Israeli Prime Minister has consistently expressed his opposition to the idea of an independent Palestinian state. The U.K. labeled his opposition to Palestinian sovereignty as "disappointing," while United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared that the denial of the right to statehood for the Palestinian people is "unacceptable."

The situation has escalated tensions in the region, with ongoing protests in Tel Aviv calling for new elections and expressing concerns about the safety of captives held by Hamas.

Watch Israelis rallying in Tel Aviv against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This video is from the Cynthia's Pursuit of Truth channel on

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