Israel's new war cabinet vows to wipe Hamas off the earth | Inquirer News

Israel’s new war cabinet vows to wipe Hamas off the earth

/ 10:05 AM October 12, 2023

Israel's defense minister vows to wipe the Palestinian militant group Hamas "off the face of the earth"

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, September 27, 2023. ABIR SULTAN/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an emergency government on Wednesday to direct war against Hamas, and his defense minister vowed to wipe the Palestinian militant group “off the face of the earth” over its deadly weekend attack.

Islamist Hamas gunmen invaded Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday in a surprise assault that killed at least 1,200 people, the deadliest Palestinian militant attack in Israeli history.


Israel has responded with a massive bombardment of Gaza that has killed 1,055 and deployed thousands of troops around the enclave amid growing expectations it will launch a ground invasion to destroy Hamas.


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In a joint statement, Netanyahu and former defense chief and centrist opposition party leader Benny Gantz said they had agreed to form an emergency government comprising the two leaders and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Netanyahu said later in televised remarks they had put aside their differences “because the fate of our state is on the line.”

“We are fighting a cruel enemy, worse than ISIS,” Netanyahu said alongside Gantz and Gallant, comparing the group’s attack with brutal killings carried out by Islamic State.

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Gallant, the defense minister, said: “We will wipe this thing called Hamas, ISIS-Gaza, off the face of the earth. It will cease to exist.”

Gantz, a former Israeli defense chief and general, said it was a time to join together and win. “There is a time for peace and a time for war. Now is a time for war,” he said.

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During the fighting with Hamas in Gaza, the emergency government will not take up any unrelated policy or laws, Netanyahu and Gantz said in their joint statement.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid was not expected to join the emergency government at this stage.

TAGS: Hamas, ISIS, Israel, Palestine, War

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