Netanyahu: We’ll fight Hamas until ‘complete and absolute victory,’ as was the will of Israel’s fallen soldiers

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a special session marking 75 years since the establishment of the parliament in Jerusalem, January 24, 2023 (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset Spokesperson)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a special session marking 75 years since the establishment of the parliament in Jerusalem, January 24, 2023 (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset Spokesperson)

Israel must continue fighting until it achieves a “complete and absolute” victory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares, asserting that this is the will of Israel’s war dead.

Appearing to address concerns regarding Israel’s war plans, Netanyahu tells legislators during a special Knesset session marking the 75th anniversary of the Israeli parliament that “we have defined the goals of the war and they exist and are tangible — to bring down the rule of Hamas and bring all our hostages home.”

“Today the best of our sons are buried in the soil of Israel,” he says, adding that “we will continue to strive with determination to defeat the cruel enemy and continue the national renaissance, thus fulfilling the wishes of our mighty sons, mighty in spirit and action. Their will could not be clearer.”

“Two months ago our commanders and soldiers took over the Hamas parliament in Gaza. A fictitious parliament. There are no free and democratic elections there,” Netanyahu continues.

“Even on this sad day, in our real parliament in Jerusalem we see a picture of victory. The founding day of the Knesset expresses the victory of our people, freedom, democracy and political sovereignty.

“There is and will never be any compromise on matters that concern guaranteeing our existence and our future for generations,” he continues, claiming that Hamas “deluded themselves” that Israel is weak and would break under attack.

“This is a war for our home. It must end with the eradication of the aggression and evil of the new Nazis. The one who attacked with rape and murder brought upon themselves unprecedented destruction with their own hands,” he says.

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