In swipe at Netanyahu, Eisenkot says talk of ‘total victory’ in Gaza is ‘misguided’

War cabinet ministers Gadi Eisenkot (right) and Benny Gantz hold a press conference at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, February 26, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
War cabinet ministers Gadi Eisenkot (right) and Benny Gantz hold a press conference at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, February 26, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

In a swipe at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, war cabinet observer Gadi Eisenkot says talk of “total victory” in Gaza is “misguided.”

Eisenkot has made such comments before but the latest criticism against Netanyahu who regularly claims that Israel is on the cusp of “total victory” is made at a conference.

Israel’s challenge is “to complete what was defined as the war’s aims and to end the war in such a way that when we’ll look back on it in 15 years, we’ll be able to say that our country and the IDF were able to stand firm,” says the ex-IDF chief. “Therefore, anyone who is asking for total and quick victory is misguided.”

Eisenkot hails Israel’s military capabilities in thwarting the weekend attack from Iran. However, “we’ve been exercising huge military capability for six months now, and still fail to return the 133 hostages.”

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