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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu: 'We Can't Leave a Quarter of the Hamas Terror Army in Place'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to US President Joe Biden’s statements that a military operation in Rafah is a “red line.” “The President and I have agreed that we have to destroy Hamas,” Netanyahu told American media.

“We can’t leave a quarter of the Hamas terror army in place. They’re there, in Rafah. This would be equivalent to saying that after the Allies fought back, gone through Normandy, went through Germany and you’d say, ‘Well we’ll leave a quarter of the Nazi army in place and we won’t go into Berlin, the last stronghold.”

He added that if Biden meant to say that Israel should enable the safe departure of the civilian population from Rafah before going in, then, “We agree with that, we don’t need any prompting.” Biden also “says that he agrees that we have to destroy Hamas as a fighting organization, that’s what we intend to do,” Netanyahu explained.

“We can’t have three-quarters of a victory … because Hamas will reconstitute itself with these four battalions in Rafah, reconquer the Gaza Strip, and do the October 7 massacre over and over again.”

MK Danny Danon, chairman of World Likud, also spoke to Israeli media about the necessity of a military operation in Rafah. “We started very strong but now we are pausing, I think it is about time to go into Rafah, move the population to different areas, and finish the job with Hamas,” he said. (INN / VFI News)

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire.” - Psalm 46:9