Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened today, for the first time, a meeting of the expanded emergency cabinet. He emphasized that the national unity displayed by the Israelis in the last week sends a message, inside and outside the country.
“Hamas thought we would break but we will crush Hamas,” Netanyahu told his ministers. “The Israel Defense Forces will act immediately to destroy Hamas’s capabilities,” he added.
The meeting is being held at army headquarters in Tel Aviv and began with ministers observing a minute’s silence in memory of the 1,300 Israelis killed in the October 7 attack by Hamas.
The new deadline given by Israel for the relocation of civilians from norther Gaza to southern Gaza has expired. All forces are ready for the ground attack.
Israeli armed forces outlined a corridor where no attacks would take place between 10am and 1pm local time on Sunday.
“During this time, please take the opportunity to move from northern Gaza to the south. Your safety and the safety of your families matters. Please follow our directions and head south. Rest assured that the leaders of Hamas have already ensured their safety and the safety of their families,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement said.
Israeli Army Ready to Invade Gaza
The toll so far in the Gaza Strip and West Bank is 2,383 Palestinians dead, while 10,814 are injured, according to sources in the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
In addition, the Israeli armed forces announced this morning that they killed another suspect in Gaza as the organizer of the large-scale attacks carried out by Hamas.
Billal Al Kendra, the commander of Hamas units in Khan Younis, was killed in airstrikes last night, according to a statement issued this morning by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Other Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists were also killed, according to the Israeli statement.
Israel’s military has vowed to track down and kill Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza. Israel said Sinwar was the mastermind of the worst terror attack in the country’s history.
Meanwhile Iran warns Israel to not invade Gaza, threatening that violence will escalate as Hamas resistance leaders will turn Gaza into “a graveyard for Israeli soldiers.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian made the statement to Al Jazeera on Sunday.
Amirabdollahian said that while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harbors hopes and dreams, he and his government in Iran have remained silent so far.