On October 7, 2023, after the 'Al-Aqsa Flood' Operation launched by Hamas against the lands occupied by Israel, the conflicts turned into the Israeli-Palestinian war. Benjamin Netanyahu said that the "Al-Aqsa Flood" launched by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, from the blockaded Gaza Strip into Israel because of the attack on the country's capital city.
Netanyahu stated that Hamas started a war against Israel, that today's situation has not been seen before, and that they will not allow it to be repeated again.
"The army will use all its power to hurt Hamas. We will cripple and wreck every place where Hamas gathers and hides," Netanyahu noted.
Netanyahu addressed the residents of the blockaded Gaza Strip.
"Residents of Gaza, leave it now because we will act everywhere with all our (military) might," he emphasized.
"We will win this war, but the price is very heavy. This is a difficult day for all of us. The Israeli army will immediately use all its power to destroy Hamas' ability. We will bring them to the point of destruction. We will avenge this black day they have inflicted on Israel and its citizens." Netanyahu added.
Stating that the Israeli army has cleared the armed elements in the settlements around the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu stated that they are "moving from settlement to settlement, house to house" in this region.
Netanyahu said that he discussed Israel's freedom of action in this operation with United States(US)President Joe Biden and other world leaders.
"this war will take time, it will be difficult and difficult days await them, but they will win the war," Netanyahu stated.
At least 232 Palestinians have been killed in the attacks, according to medical sources in Gaza, while the Israeli death toll climbed to 300.
More than 3,000 rockets have been launched by Hamas toward Israel since Saturday morning, according to the Israeli army.
It acknowledged that soldiers had been taken hostage into Gaza, and confirmed that more than 1,000 Israelis were injured, in a statement on X.