Gallant says IDF troops will not leave Gaza ‘without eliminating Hamas’

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with troops of the 98th Division on the Gaza border, March 3, 2024. (Elad Malka/ Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with troops of the 98th Division on the Gaza border, March 3, 2024. (Elad Malka/ Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says Israel will not end the war in the Gaza Strip until Hamas is completely dismantled.

“There is no one to help the terrorists, it’s only a matter of our decision of what we take care of first and what second,” says Gallant to troops of the 98th Division on the Gaza border.

“We will not end this war without eliminating Hamas. There will be no such situation. There will be no Hamas as a ruling organization. It will take the time it takes,” he adds.

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