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Defense Minister Yoav Gallant

IDF Stepping up Strikes to Create ‘Best Conditions’ for ‘Next Phase of War’ on Hamas

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said Saturday night, October 21, that Israel was planning to enter “the next phase of the war in the best conditions [for us], not according to what anyone tells us. From today, we are increasing the strikes and minimizing the danger.”

Hagari added that Israel was “strong on defense and offense” on its northern borders but clarified that the “main mission is Gaza.” “That’s where Hamas is, and it’s where our abducted nationals are, and we are focused on Gaza,” he said.

The next day, defense Minister Yoav Gallant held a meeting at the Air Force operations headquarters with Air Force Chief Tomer Bar and high-ranking officers. Gallant was briefed on the Air Forces' strikes in the Gaza Strip and on the northern border since the onset of the war and spoke about the offensive goals ahead of the expansion of the campaign in the Gaza Strip.

“In an operational aspect of the maneuver, in the end, nothing will stop the IDF. It is a combination of two things: one - the aerial capabilities, and the second - the ground maneuver. This has to be the last maneuver in Gaza, for the simple reason that after it, there will not be a Hamas,” Minister Gallant stated.

He added: “It'll take a month, two months, three, but in the end, there will not be a Hamas.” (TOI / VFI News)

“And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” - Genesis 14:20