Gaza war will go on for months, Israel’s military chief says

Israel’s war on Hamas in Gaza will likely go on for many months, the country’s military chief said on Tuesday.

“The war will go on for many months and we will employ different methods to maintain our achievements for a long time,” Chief of the General Staff Herzi Halevi told reporters in a televised statement on the Gaza border.

“There are no magic solutions, there are no short cuts in dismantling a terrorist organization, only determined and persistent fighting,” said Halevi. “We will reach Hamas’ leadership too, whether it takes a week or if it takes months.”

Israel vowed to annihilate Hamas after its fighters burst into Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages. Its air, sea and ground offensive in Gaza has since killed nearly 21,000 Palestinians, according to authorities.

“We said from its first moments that this would be a long war because it was right to set far-reaching goals and we will reach far, that’s why the duration will be long.” The duration, Halevi said, will allow the military to adapt its methods.

“Ultimately, will we be able to say that there is no enemy surrounding the state of Israel? I think that’s too ambitious, but we will create a new security situation,” said Halevi.

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