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The Israeli government is aiming for the creation of a “new security regime” in Gaza once its military goals in the enclave are complete.
Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant described the three planned phases of its already-declared war against Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group and de facto government of the Gaza Strip, for carrying out the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s 75-year history.
It is in the first phase, which includes the hundreds of airstrikes and the upcoming ground maneuver “with the purpose of destroying operatives and damaging infrastructure in order to defeat and destroy Hamas,” Gallant said while speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Friday, according to the Times of Israel. The second step will be to “eliminate pockets of resistance.”
“The third step will be the creation of a new security regime in the Gaza Strip, the removal of Israel’s responsibility for day-to-day life in the Gaza Strip, and the creation of a new security reality for the citizens of Israel and the residents of the [area surrounding Gaza],” Gallant said.
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