All the operations carried out in Gaza can also be carried out in the north, on the Lebanese border, if necessary, Benny Gantz, Israel's former defense minister and a member of the war cabinet, said at a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening.
"If necessary, Israel can do what we do effectively in the south, but we can do it better in the north, in Lebanon," Gantz stated.
Gantz emphasized the fight against Hamas and stated that they would go wherever they needed to go in Gaza and around the world to eliminate them.
He also said about Yahya Sinwar, Hamas's Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar, that Sinwar thought that he would divide Israeli society and that after he understood what was happening, he realized that Hamas had lost the war.
The former Israeli Defence Minister argued that even a limited cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip would not be enough to stop the war.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.
While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 11,180 people, including 4,506 children, 3,027 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
It was reported that 1,200 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 48 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.
Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.