War in Gaza expected to last 7 more months, top Israeli official says

The war between Israel and Hamas is expected to continue until the end of the year, a senior official in the Jewish state of Israel said on Wednesday.

Israel’s national security adviser, Tsahi Hanegbi, told public radio Kan that they were “anticipating seven more months of fighting” in Gaza to root out the Palestinian terrorists who carried out the October 7 massacre.

The bloody war continues, leading to growing international pressure for a ceasefire and near-constant protests in the United States.

Israel is currently focused on clearing the Hamas battalion in Rafah. NurPhoto via Getty Images

More than 100 Israeli hostages remain in the besieged Palestinian territories following a Hamas surprise attack last year.

The Israeli army has said from the beginning that “the war will be long” and has designated 2024 as “the year of war,” Hanegbi said in a radio interview.

Hanegbi’s statement came as Israeli forces advance deeper into the Rafah area, one of Hamas’ last remaining strongholds in the Gaza Strip and home to more than one million civilian war refugees.

An Israeli airstrike on Sunday killed two senior Hamas fighters but sparked a fire that killed at least 45 civilians who had taken refuge in the area.

Palestinians observe the destruction caused by an Israeli army attack on tents housing displaced Palestinians living near a UNRWA warehouse. Anadolu via Getty Images

The Israeli military claims the horrific scene was likely caused by the explosion of a Hamas arms depot.

The attack used two of the “smallest munitions,” but IDF spokesman Maj. Gen. Daniel Hagari said the munitions were not capable of starting deadly fires.

Israel said on Wednesday it had seized control of a strategic corridor on the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt in an effort to cut off smuggling tunnels used by Hamas.

Outside Rafah, Israeli forces were still battling Hamas terrorists in other parts of Gaza that the army had seized months ago.

Fighting has continued since the October 7 massacre. Anadolu via Getty Images

“You need to have patience and know how to stand strong,” Hanegbi said in a radio interview. According to CNN.

“This resilience is what has allowed this country to survive for the last 75 years, and for the last 3,000 years before that. Just don’t put a stopwatch on yourself or give yourself ultimatums.”

With post wire