Netanyahu: Not moving in Rafah means losing the war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged on Sunday that a call not to enter the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah under any circumstances is a call for them to lose the war, while Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said the military operation in Gaza should not be stopped. The deepening moves Israel closer to a “realistic agreement” for a prisoner exchange.

Netanyahu said in an interview with the American network ABC that those who tell Israel that it should not attack Rafah are as if they are saying that it should lose the war and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas ) should be left to live in Gaza. He put it.

He stressed that the Israeli army's intention to enter Rafah still exists, adding that Israeli forces are about to reach the last Hamas brigade in the city of Rafah, which he considers the last stronghold of Palestinian fighters in Gaza, according to him.

Netanyahu indicated he agreed with the US administration's concerns about the safety of civilians in Rafah, where displaced people are concentrated, claiming Israel wanted to allow “safe passage” for civilians to leave the area. without being told where they can go.

He said the Israeli military was preparing a detailed plan for the destination where residents would be evacuated.

Netanyahu also told Fox News that the only reason for the release of detainees is the “defeat” of Hamas, so military operations in Gaza will continue.

Earlier, Al-Aqsa channel, affiliated with the Hamas movement, quoted a Hamas official as saying that any attack on the city would lead to the failure of prisoner exchange talks.

“Deepen the process”

For his part, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said the deepening of its military operation in the Gaza Strip brings Tel Aviv closer to a “realistic” agreement on the return of detainees to Gaza.

It came in a speech by Gallant broadcast by the official broadcasting organization, with weapons and missiles visible in the background, which the occupation forces claimed belonged to Hamas and were found in Gaza.

Qatar, Egypt and the United States are attempting to reach a new agreement for a prisoner exchange, but remain at odds over the terms of the agreement, the most prominent of which are regarding ending the war in Gaza and Israel's withdrawal. Are related to the terms of Hamas. Its forces from the Gaza Strip, which Israel rejects.

Israel estimates there are about 136 prisoners in Gaza, while there are at least 8,800 Palestinians in its prisons.

approval of plan

For its part, Israeli Channel 12 quoted Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi as saying that he had approved plans for military action in Rafah during a cabinet session, and that he would present them at the political level as soon as possible.

The channel said Halevy indicated that the next fighting in the Gaza Strip would take place in Rafah. He also criticized the disclosure of military information about Israeli plans in the media, saying that by doing so Israel was facilitating the work of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. As he put it.

Rafah is crowded with displaced people who do not know where to go if the occupation attacks the city (Anatolia)

About 1 million 400 thousand Palestinians live in the city of Rafah after taking refuge there as the last safe haven for displaced people in the Gaza Strip, but the city has been under Israeli bombardment targeting inhabited houses for several days, resulting in deaths. Have happened. And dozens of people injured.

UN organizations have warned of a massive humanitarian catastrophe if the occupation attacks the city of Rafah, which is filled with displaced people, most of whom live in makeshift tents.

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