Israel Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant, Says Hamas War Could Last Months

Yoav Gallant, Israel’s defense minister, delivered a noteworthy statement on Sunday regarding the ongoing conflict with Hamas. He stated that the war against Hamas could potentially extend for several months, emphasizing that this military engagement is intended to be the final confrontation with the Gaza-based militant group.

Gallant’s remarks were made in the context of Israeli forces preparing for a potential ground invasion of the Palestinian territory in response to a series of attacks initiated by Hamas on October 7th.

The defense minister asserted, “It will take one month, two months, three months, and at the end there will be no more Hamas.” He spoke from an undisclosed air force base, stating that Hamas would be targeted effectively even before making contact with Israeli tanks and infantry, thanks to the precision and lethality of Israel’s air force.

Furthermore, Gallant emphasized the competence of Israel’s fighter jets in carrying out precise and high-impact operations. He expressed the hope that this would be the last war involving Gaza, reiterating the Israeli government’s position that there should be no more Hamas in the region.

It’s important to note that Israel has repeatedly vowed to eliminate Hamas from Gaza, and it contends that its air raids are primarily aimed at Hamas commanders and infrastructure.

In the context of casualties, the Hamas-run health ministry reported on Sunday that the strikes had resulted in the deaths of more than 4,600 people, including 1,873 children. The recent series of Hamas attacks on Israel, which began on October 7th, represents one of the most severe escalations since Israel’s establishment, leading to a significant loss of life.