Defense Minister Yoav Gallant vows that the war against Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip will be “deadly” and permanently change the situation in southern Israel.
“The war here is the war of the sons of light against the sons of darkness,” Gallant says in a press conference from an army base near the border with the Gaza Strip, referring to a famous ancient military manual discovered among the Dead Sea scrolls.
Gallant says the Israeli military “will eliminate the Hamas organization” because it is a “culture that does not accept our existence here, human savages, beasts, who murdered our soldiers, our children, our citizens.”
“We will reach all the tunnels, we will reach all the Hamas operatives, and as long as we have not eliminated them, we will not have completed the mission,” Gallant says.
“It will be a powerful war, it will be a deadly war, it will be a precise war, and it will be a war that will change the situation forever,” he continues.
On the estimated 150-200 hostages being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Gallant says “we are making every effort to locate them even in this great complexity.”