(RightIsRight.co) – Due to the significant escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian war that threatens the Jewish state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed his commitment to continue military actions until Hamas, the ruling entity in Gaza, is defeated and Palestinian society undergoes deradicalization.
Despite international appeals for a ceasefire, Netanyahu outlined three prerequisites for peace in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: the destruction of Hamas, the demilitarization of Gaza, and the deradicalization of Palestinian society.
The Israeli military has conducted intensive operations in over 100 sites in Gaza, including military installations and tunnel systems. These actions came in the wake of the Hamas attacks on October 7, which led to significant civilian deaths and widespread destruction, pushing the territory towards a humanitarian crisis.
Reaffirming Israel’s stance, Netanyahu stated that Israel would maintain a security presence in Gaza in the near future and establish a temporary security perimeter around the territory.
The conflict has resulted in heavy casualties on both sides. As per the Israeli figures, the Hamas-initiated violence on October 7 resulted in approximately 1,140 Israeli deaths, most of them civilians, and the capture of 250 hostages, with 129 still detained in Gaza.
In the wake of the conflict, extensive areas of Gaza have been devastated, leading to a severe shortage of essentials like water, food, fuel, and medicine. The United Nations estimates that around 1.9 million Gazans have been displaced to overcrowded shelters or temporary accommodations.
The Israeli Prime Minister has expressed support for the voluntary migration of Gaza civilians, a stance that Hamas has vehemently rejected. The conflict has also strained regional relations, particularly between Israel and the United States on one side and Iran-backed groups in the Middle East on the other.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reported the death of a senior commander in a purported Israeli airstrike in Syria, prompting a vow of retribution from Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi.
In parallel, the United States has conducted airstrikes against pro-Iran groups in Iraq, responsible for multiple recent attacks, drawing criticism from the Iraqi government for the loss of life of terrorists and injuries caused by defensive actions.