Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, has stated that Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza could last up to three months and will result in the final destruction of Hamas. In a speech at the Air Force’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, Gallant emphasized that this operation needs to be the last maneuver in Gaza because there will be no Hamas left afterward. He acknowledged that it may take one, two, or even three months, but ultimately, Hamas will be eliminated.
Following Hamas’ assault on Israel on October 7, the Israeli military mobilized 360,000 reservists and began preparing plans to invade Gaza. Despite Gallant reiterating Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) readiness for such an operation, the final order to invade has not been given yet.
Several factors have affected the timing of the ground invasion. Israeli military sources reported that cloudy weather has hampered planning for the operation. Additionally, there are concerns about potential Israeli losses and intervention by Hezbollah militants. US and European allies have been pressuring Israel to postpone the operation until negotiations for the release of hostages can be completed.
Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes continue to bombard Gaza, intensifying their airstrikes ahead of a ground operation. Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, IDF spokesman, stated that the bombing campaign would be escalated before the enemy encounters the armored and infantry forces on the ground, emphasizing the air force’s pivotal role.
However, the Israeli bombing campaign has caused significant devastation in Gaza. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, nearly 4,700 people have been killed, and over 14,000 have been injured. Despite assurances that residents of Gaza City evacuating to the south would be safe, Israeli warplanes have targeted those areas as well, hitting a refugee camp and residential buildings in the city of Khan Younis.
Gallant addressed Israeli lawmakers, stating that once the military operation is completed, Israel will relieve itself of all responsibility for life in Gaza. This statement raises concerns about the humanitarian consequences of the invasion and its long-term impact on the population.
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In conclusion, Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza is projected to last for several months, with the aim of eradicating Hamas. The delay in initiating the operation is attributed to various factors, such as weather conditions and international pressures. While the airstrikes intensify, concerns about civilian casualties and the destruction of infrastructure continue to grow. As the conflict unfolds, it remains to be seen how the situation will impact the lives of Palestinians and the broader Middle East region.