Israel will move toward demilitarization and deradicalization “after defeating the Hamas movement.” “The same thing was done in Germany and Japan,” Netanyahu added.
The prime minister also noted that Israel will continue fighting Hamas after the hostages are freed. “We have no choice,” Netanyahu stressed.
On Tuesday afternoon, media reported that the Gaza Strip had begun the process of handing over ten hostages to the Red Cross, who were expected to be released on Tuesday. Those released could be in Israeli hands within the hour. This is the first exchange since a four-day truce between Israel and Hamas, which ended at midnight Monday but was extended for two more days.
According to the latest data, during the escalation of the conflict in Israel, about 1.2 thousand people died and more than 5 thousand were injured. The death toll in the Gaza Strip exceeded 16 thousand people and more than 35 thousand were injured. The Russian embassy reported the death of 20 Russians, two are hostages and seven are missing.