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Netanyahu Orders Plan to Evacuate Rafah, Destroy Last Hamas Battalions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday ordered the Israeli military to evacuate Palestinian civilians from the Gaza town of Rafah, on the Egyptian border, and plan to attack and annihilate the last Hamas battalion there. .

Israel has said in recent days that it intends to attack Hamas in Rafah, the last area of ​​the Gaza Strip not attacked by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The town is critical to Israel’s victory and is used by Hamas for weapons and access.

However, it is also where many Palestinian civilians displaced by fighting elsewhere in Gaza have taken refuge. Egypt has publicly opposed Israel’s attack on Rafah, saying it could encourage Palestinians to cross the border.

On Thursday, White House National Security Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters that Israel’s attack on Rafah was currently a “disaster” and that the United States would not support it. Strangely enough, after Israel destroyed nearly all of Hamas’s terrorist battalions, Israeli spokesmen and Netanyahu himself repeatedly said that an attack on Rafah was imminent and necessary to win the war. He insisted that Israel was not preparing any such attack, even though it had also made public announcements. In Gaza.

Also on Thursday, President Joe Biden shocked Israelis by suggesting that Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza were “overreach” and that the United States wanted to end the war.

On Friday, just before sunset and the start of the Jewish Sabbath, Prime Minister Netanyahu issued the following statement (translated from Hebrew by the government press office):

It is impossible to achieve the war objective of annihilating Hamas by leaving four Hamas battalions in Rafah.

On the contrary, it is clear that the intense activity in Rafah requires civilians to be evacuated from the combat zone.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu therefore ordered the IDF and security services to submit to his cabinet a plan that combined the evacuation of the population and the annihilation of the battalion.

A hostage agreement that includes a long-term cessation of fighting has support among Israelis, who generally do not want to end the war until Hamas is destroyed and can no longer threaten attacks or rockets. ing.

On Thursday night, thousands of Israeli reservists demonstrated outside the main government building in Jerusalem, demanding that the IDF fight until victory and opposing any weak agreement that would allow Hamas to remain in Gaza.

Joel B. Pollack is a senior editor at Breitbart News. Breitbart News Sunday Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT) on Sirius XM Patriot. He is the author of the recent book, The Zionist Conspiracy (And How to Participate in It), now available on Audible. He is also the author of an e-book. Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter @joelpolak.

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