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IDF Spokesman Says Israel Cannot Defeat Hamas, So What Are They Doing?

© Sputnik / Sputnik / Go to the mediabankIn this video grab, residential buildings destroyed by a rocket attack from Israel, as the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, in Gaza, Palestine
In this video grab, residential buildings destroyed by a rocket attack from Israel, as the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, in Gaza, Palestine - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.06.2024
On Wednesday, the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) top spokesman said that Israel is not able to complete its stated objective in Gaza of defeating Hamas, a strong rebuke of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said the war must continue until Hamas is destroyed.
This business of destroying Hamas, making Hamas disappear – it’s simply throwing sand in the eyes of the public,” said the spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari. “Hamas is an idea, Hamas is a party. It’s rooted in the hearts of the people – whoever thinks we can eliminate Hamas is wrong.”
But if defeating Hamas is impossible, what are Israel’s real goals in Gaza?
For Netanyahu, it may just be political survival. Before October 7, there were regular protests against him by Israelis over his reforms of the country’s Supreme Court. Those protests have now renewed, as have protests accusing Netanyahu of not prioritizing the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.
“He believes that continuing to wage this genocide against the Palestinian people is critical for his political survival,” argued the co-editor of Popular Resistance, Dr. Margaret Flowers on Sputnik's The Critical Hour. “Everything is falling apart around him.”
“[The Israeli government is] violating international law, conducting a genocide against the people to the condemnation of most of the world. Yet, for some reason, they can’t achieve their stated goals, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to continue and the US is going to continue to back them, because this is a huge boon for the military-industrial complex of the United States,” Flowers added.
The Critical Hour co-host and political analyst Garland Nixon speculated that when Israeli officials say “Hamas” it is really a euphemism for Palestinians. “I know someone that was in the Iraq War and he would say ‘Yeah, we were in the desert and we looked out and we knew Saddam was out there everywhere’. He just meant Iraqi soldiers. They use that. VC, Charlie, he’s out there everywhere,” Nixon explained. “The reality is, to me, when Netanyahu says ‘I want to destroy or kill Hamas’ he’s just saying destroy men, women, children, all of them.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Defence Minister Yoav Gallant (C) and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz hold a press conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv on October 28, 2023 - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.06.2024
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Last week, the official X account of the Israeli government posted a video that included the quote, “There are no innocent civilians there (in Gaza).” The video was also posted on several other official Israeli government accounts.
In addition to Gaza, Israel has also been in a tit-for-tat war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Earlier this week, Hezbollah released a nine-minute video of drone footage over Israeli airspace, highlighting critical security infrastructure and even the homes of some high-ranking officials. On Wednesday, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah warned that Hezbollah could move into the Galilee region in northern Israel.
“Everything you see we can see and everything we can strike, we are not sparing in this battlefront,” he warned. “And it won’t be a random bombardment. Every drone will have a target. Every missile will have a target.”
On Friday, Israeli media reported that the CEO of a company that manages Israel’s electrical systems said that Hezbollah could make Israel “uninhabitable” within 72 hours by attacking its power grid.
“We are not ready for a real war. We live in a fantasy world, in my eyes,” the CEO, Shaul Goldstein, said.
Yet the war drums continue to beat in Israel. On Tuesday, following the release of the drone footage by Hezbollah, Israel’s foreign minister said his country is ready for an “all-out war” in Lebanon.
“If the state of Israel really wanted to make its people secure, they would have negotiated a ceasefire a long time ago and ended these hostilities. But that’s definitely not their goal. Complete eradication of the Palestinian people is their goal. And they don’t care what the civilian cost is," said Flowers.
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