ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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IDF chief: We will fight, but we will remain human beings

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi speaks to troops at the Israel Air Force's Tel Nof airbase, October 18, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi speaks to troops at the Israel Air Force's Tel Nof airbase, October 18, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The chief of the Israel Defense Forces says the ongoing war against the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip will not be short, especially if the Hezbollah terror group further joins in the fighting.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi also accuses Hamas of “fighting like animals,” following the October 7 massacres in southern Israel.

“We operate according to the rules. We are all angry, but we use our heads. We fight with determination and remain human, unlike the other side, who fight like animals,” Halevi says to troops at the Israel Air Force’s Tel Nof airbase.

“It won’t be short, and we may even need to expand [the fighting], if another enemy joins. But we will know how to expand,” he says, referring to repeated attacks by Hezbollah on the northern border in recent days.

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