After 8 soldiers killed in Gaza, Ben Gvir, Smotrich say fighting must continue to ensure deaths weren’t in vain

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir calls on Israel “to continue fighting” following the deaths of eight soldiers in Gaza whose Namer armored combat engineering vehicle was hit by a major explosion on Saturday morning.

“A difficult and painful day upon learning of the tragic and unfortunate death in Rafah of eight of our best warriors,” he tweets following the end of Shabbat. “I bow my head together with all the citizens of Israel and mourn the fall of our warriors.”

After writing that he sends condolences to the families of the fallen, the far-right minister insists that “we must continue fighting. To topple Hamas, return all our hostages and assure their families and all bereaved families that the death of their loved ones was not in vain.”

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich also calls for a continuation of the fighting, stating that “we are in a war for our existence.”

“Our sons fell so that we would win and so that this generation could live in a safe Jewish state,” he writes on X, declaring that “the heavy price of the war obliges us to continue until the complete destruction of the enemy.”

“I bow my head in pain and send a big hug to the families and promise that we will do everything to be worthy of them,” he says.

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