Benjamin Netanyahu meets the press – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

Benjamin Netanyahu meets the press – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

This is the first time since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 that the Prime Minister has received questions from the press.

– We are in the second phase of the war, Netanyahu said during the press conference on Saturday.

Netanyahu asked civilians in Gaza to move to safe areas.

The war in the Gaza Strip will be long and difficult.

– This is our second war for independence. We must save our country. We will fight in the air and on the ground. We will fight, and we will win. This is my life’s mission.

Israel intensified the fighting against Hamas on Friday evening. On Saturday, rockets were fired from Gaza.

Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP

A total of 7,703 people have been killed in Gaza so far during the war, according to a statement issued by Hamas-controlled health authorities on Saturday.

More than 200 hostages

Hamas is said to have taken more than 200 hostages in connection with the October 7 attack. The families of the abductees expressed their concern, following the escalation of attacks against Gaza over the weekend.

On Saturday evening, a number of people gathered in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. They protested to return the kidnapped people to their homes. Many demanded a ceasefire now.

TOPSHOT - People gather with signs calling for a ceasefire during a protest against the release of hostages held by Palestinian militants since the October 7 attack, in Tel Aviv on October 28, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.  The families of more than 220 Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip on October 28 demanded an immediate explanation from the government about their fate after intensified attacks by the army.  The Forum of Hostages and Families of Missing Persons, which represents about 229 people believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas, said the war government failed to explain to the hostages' relatives whether the ground operation endangered the hostages' safety.  (Photo by Ahmed Al-Gharbally/AFP)

A number of people protested on Saturday in Tel Aviv.

Photography: Ahmed Al-Gharbally/AFP

Netanyahu was asked about the tension between crushing Hamas and recovering the kidnapped people.

– There is no tension between the two. We have two goals. The first is to crush Hamas practically and militarily. The second is to return the kidnapped person home.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister met with the families of some of the kidnapped people.

Former Defense Minister Benny Gantz said during the press conference:

– The ground operation, along with other steps, could make progress on the abductees.

Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida said Saturday afternoon that Hamas would not agree to release all the hostages it is holding unless Israel releases all Palestinian prisoners.

Editors' note: Graphic content / TOPSHOT - An Israeli soldier patrols on October 12, 2023 near Kibbutz Beri, the place where 270 revelers were killed by gunmen during the Supernova music festival on October 7.  Thousands of people, both Israelis and Palestinians, have died since then.  October 7, 2023, after Palestinian Hamas fighters entered Israel in a surprise attack that prompted Israel to declare war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip the next day.  (Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP)

Among other things, Hamas attacked a festival when it attacked Israel.

Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP

The attack by Hamas on October 7 put Israel to sleep. More than 1,400 people were killed, many of them civilians.

– It was a miserable failure. It is being investigated. We will turn over every stone, Netanyahu replied when asked if he was responsible for the attacks.

Iran was a supporter of Hamas. They denied that they helped plan the attack.

We cannot say that Iran was involved in planning the October 7 attack, but about 90 percent of Hamas’ budget comes from Iran, Netanyahu said during the press conference.

– Hypocrites

On Friday evening, Israel intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip.

In recent days, several countries have criticized the harsh attacks on Gaza.

– Netanyahu said that those who accuse us of committing war crimes are hypocrites.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Saturday that Israel has the right to defend itself. but:

– When this happens in the form of massive bombing of entire neighborhoods in Gaza, this is so far removed from the basic principles on which war should be waged, that we think you are exaggerating it.

Editors' Note: Graphic Content / Top Shot - The Israeli military fires shells towards the Gaza Strip on October 28, 2023. Since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, the Palestinian enclave's health ministry said more than 7,300 Palestinians have been killed by Israel's relentless operations. Retaliatory bombings, mostly by civilians, many of them children.  (Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP)

The Israeli Defense Forces intensively protected the Gaza Strip on Friday and Saturday.

Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP

He requests a meeting

It is difficult to get information from Gaza, because the Internet is down after air strikes. Human rights organizations cannot reach their staff on the ground. They fear that the lack of internet and phone connectivity will result in the horrific events being unknown.

The United Arab Emirates requested a new meeting on Gaza at the UN Security Council on Saturday, Reuters reported. They are demanding that this be done as quickly as possible now that Israel has expanded its ground operations in Gaza and internet and phone access in Gaza has been cut off.

The European Union’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, calls for a “cessation of hostilities” to provide emergency aid.

– Gaza is completely isolated and cut off as heavy bombing continues, Borrell says on social media on Saturday.

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