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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel’s top army spokesman said Wednesday that Hamas cannot be defeated as an ideology, prompting the government to quickly re-assert that it remains committed to the Palestinian group’s destruction.

“Hamas is an ideology, we cannot eliminate an ideology,” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told Israel’s Channel 13 broadcaster.

“To say that we are going to make Hamas disappear is to throw sand in people’s eyes. If we don’t provide an alternative, in the end, we will have Hamas.”

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His comments were quickly rebuffed by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose cabinet has stated its Gaza offensive will not end until Hamas is defeated.

“The political and security cabinet headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu defined as one of the goals of the war the destruction of Hamas’ military and governmental capabilities,” his office said in a statement.

“The IDF is of course committed to this.”

The October 7 attack that triggered the war resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official figures.

Israeli tanks push deeper into Rafah, forcing people to flee again

The Hamas group also seized 251 hostages. Of these, 116 remain in Gaza, although the army says 41 are dead.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive aimed at eliminating Hamas has killed at least 37,396 people in Gaza, also mostly civilians, according to the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry.

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Usman Jun 20, 2024 12:55pm
It sounds like he is accepting his army's defeat after so much of innocent bloodshed. What a shame.
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Arsalan Jun 26, 2024 02:54am
after 9 months of genocide he is saying this. the most insane people on earth and thr supporters are the worst nuisance too. they have made the world so close to world war 3 and no sanctions even!!!
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