Halevi says Hamas facing military pressure across Gaza, army not ‘treading water’

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (left) meets with the head of the 99th Division, Brig. Gen. Barak Hiram in Gaza City, July 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (left) meets with the head of the 99th Division, Brig. Gen. Barak Hiram in Gaza City, July 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi says Israel is applying military pressure on Hamas in different ways across the Gaza Strip, and that it is not “treading water.”

“We are applying military pressure in various forms. What is being done in Rafah is different from what you are doing here,” he says to officers of the 99th Division in Gaza City yesterday, amid a new operation there.

“What you are doing here is different from what is happening right now in Shejaiya, or the mission of the [Netzarim] corridor or the security area along the border,” Halevi says.

“The common denominator between the different places… is determination,” he says.

“There is no treading water or being at a standstill.  You are bringing about important achievements every day,” Halevi tells the officers.

“We are planning ahead… looking for opportunities [to target] senior officials, infrastructure, and operatives, and we do it with all kinds of methods,” he adds.

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