‘We are Still Far’ from Defeating Hamas: Former Israeli Military Intelligence Chief

The red triangle became a symbol of the Palestinian Resistance. (Photo: video grab)

The defeat of the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas remains elusive, the former chief of the Israeli army’s Military Intelligence Division said on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reported.

In an analysis published by Israeli Channel 12, Tamir Hayman said a lot of work still needs to be done by the Israeli army in the northern region of the Gaza Strip.

“We must buy time as we have no other choice, and our deterrence and security in the Middle East will only guarantee us an overwhelming victory,” he said.

“The conclusion at present is that we are still far from that,” he added.

Hayman believes that eliminating Hamas is a challenge that requires destroying at least 60 percent of the group’s military capabilities.

In his view, the fighting in the southern Gaza Strip will be even “more complicated” as the area is heavily populated.

“After about one million additional people moved from Gaza’s north to south with around two million people now living in an area of about 200 square kilometers (some 78 square miles),” Hayman explained. 

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes across various areas of Gaza since Friday morning, as Israel resumed its aggression after a seven-day truce, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said in a statement.

A four-day truce began on Friday, November 24, was extended twice, and ended on Friday, December 1, at 7 am local time today.

Since October 7, over 15,899 Palestinians, including over 6,200 children and more than 4,000 women were killed, with another 41,316 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.


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