Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, has declared that he does not plan to step down in the face of public criticism following the October 7 raid by Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 Israelis and started the current war between Israel and Hamas. When questioned on Monday at a news conference about whether he had thought about resigning, Netanyahu reaffirmed his intention to stay in office.
“The only thing that I intend to have resigned is Hamas. We’re going to resign them to the dustbin of history,” he said. “That’s my goal. That’s my responsibility.”
Netanyahu also declared that he would not accept a cease-fire, viewing it as anything else than caving in to Hamas, giving in to terror, and putting up with violence. He made it clear that such a result would not be permitted.
“Israel did not start this war. Israel did not want this war. But Israel will win this war,” he said.
Israel expands ground assault into Gaza
On Monday, Israeli troops and armored vehicles penetrated deeper into Gaza, making two frontal advances on the region’s capital.
Social media footage shows an Israeli tank and a bulldozer in the center of Gaza, blocking the main road that runs north-south through the territory. The road was supposed to serve as a Palestinian escape route from the ground offensive, according to previous advice from the Israeli military.
Since this road is the only way south, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in the northern territories would have nowhere to go if it were stopped.
A car is seen driving up to an earthen blockade in a video that was taken by a reporter who was close. After halting, the car executes a U-turn. The vehicle is engulfed in an explosion as it appears to be fired by an Israeli tank as it begins to retreat.
Seen in a separate car, the journalist panics and runs away, calling out to oncoming ambulances and other cars, “Turn around! Turn around!” According to a later report from the Gaza Health Ministry, three people were killed in the targeted car.
As part of what Benjamin Netanyahu referred to as the “second phase” of the battle that started after Hamas launched its offensive on October 7, Israel has stationed its forces on both sides of Gaza City and the surrounding territories in northern Gaza. If Israeli forces intensify their ground operation and confront Palestinian militants in heavily populated residential neighborhoods, there could be a large increase in expected losses on both sides.
Even though Israel ordered Palestinians to leave the northern area where Gaza City is located and relocate south, hundreds of thousands have opted to stay, in part because Israel has also carried out bombings in areas that were supposed to be safe zones. According to the UN, over 117,000 displaced people who are fleeing airstrikes are currently being housed in hospitals in northern Gaza alongside thousands of patients and medical personnel.
Moscow blames Kyiv for antisemitic airport riot
An anti-Israeli incident that broke out at an airport in the Russian region of Dagestan has been attributed by Russia to Ukraine as having a “significant role”. On Sunday, a large contingent of men from the Muslim Caucasus region broke into Makhachkala airport, shouting anti-Semitic epithets and looking for Israelis. Amid increased international tensions stemming from the current confrontation between Israel and Hamas, Moscow failed to provide any evidence to back up this claim.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said in a statement that Kyiv had a major and direct role in the planned and externally motivated provocation that resulted in the conflicts. Zakharova also stated that the goal of Ukraine was to sever the links among Russia’s many religious communities.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Jew, said that the episode demonstrated Russia’s propensity to incite hostility toward other countries, even if Kyiv has not responded to Moscow’s charges.
Sixty people have been held in relation to the incident, according to a Monday report from Russian officials. Over 20 individuals were injured, two of them are in severe condition, according to Dagestan’s Ministry of Health. This group consists of both citizens and police enforcement personnel.
Some of the people in the crowd were shown in videos going viral on social media waving Palestinian flags, and there were even people attempting to flip a police car. Chants disparaging Israel were audible, and a few people were seen looking through the passports of arriving tourists, perhaps in an attempt to determine who was Israeli.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office expressed hope in a statement released on Sunday night that Russian law enforcement agencies would protect Israeli citizens and Jews around the world and take decisive action against those inciting violence and hatred against Jews and Israelis.
While expressing support for the Palestinians in Gaza, the Dagestan region’s local government urged its citizens to maintain peace and abstain from taking part in such protests.
“We urge residents of the republic to treat the current situation in the world with understanding. Federal authorities and international organizations are making every effort to bring about a ceasefire against Gaza civilians. we urge residents of the republic not to succumb to the provocations of destructive groups and not to create panic in society,” it wrote on Telegram.
Gaza water shortage forces Palestinians to rely on sea
Israel has cut off vital supplies to the blockaded Gaza Strip, leaving the 2.3 million residents without access to clean, running water. If water does come out of the faucet, residents say it is unsuitable to drink because it is contaminated with sewage and saltwater. Because of this, some people are forced to wash their clothes, take showers, and clean their kitchenware in the water. 33 trucks carrying food, medication, and water arrived at Gaza’s only border crossing from Egypt on Sunday.
Israel has said that it has started to operate two water pipelines in the southern part of Gaza. Whether these pipelines are in use, though, is still unknown.
Israel imposed a total blockade on Gaza on October 9; this has caused disruptions to the food, water, and electrical supplies. This is seriously harming the civilian population’s humanitarian situation, especially in light of the Israeli blockade that already exists in the region.
Journalists ‘explicitly targetted’ in strike near Israeli border – report
“A recent analysis of eyewitness statements and video footage from the scene of the attacks in southern Lebanon, where one journalist was killed and six others injured, according to Reporters Without Borders, suggests that they were sought out on purpose. Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah was gravely injured in an incident that happened earlier this month while covering fighting between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militants close to the village of Alma al-Shaab.”
“Two strikes in the same place in such a short space of time … from the same direction clearly indicate precise targeting,” the statement said.
After the journalists had been filming on a hillside for more than an hour, the analysis found that two strikes, coming from Israel, happened about 37 to 38 seconds apart.
Abdallah was killed in the first incident, and journalists nearby were hurt in the second one, which featured a collision with a car belonging to an Al Jazeera broadcast crew. According to the statement, the journalists were wearing vests and helmets with labels that said “press,” and the car itself had a “press” designation on the roof.
The statement also stated that witnesses had seen an Israeli helicopter fly over the region not long before the shootings. The report stated that the probe was still underway and declined to expressly assign blame for the events to Israel.
Regarding the analysis, the Israeli military did not immediately respond on Sunday. Military spokesman Lt Col. Richard Hecht had earlier stated that Israel was investigating the event, although he did not clarify if Israeli artillery fire had damaged the journalists.
More than 3,000 children killed in Gaza
The international charity Save the Children said on Sunday that the number of children who have died in the blockaded Gaza Strip since the start of the Hamas-Israel conflict earlier this month has exceeded the annual global toll of children killed in armed conflicts since 2019.
The charity cited figures from the Gaza Health Ministry, which stated that at least 3,195 children had died in the fighting that broke out on October 7th in response to an unanticipated offensive by Hamas. The terrible deaths of 29 youngsters in Israel and 33 in the occupied West Bank were also noted in the statement.
“The numbers are harrowing and with violence not only continuing but expanding in Gaza right now, many more children remain at grave risk,” Save the Children Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory Jason Lee said in a statement.
A cease-fire is the only way to ensure their safety.”
Israel declared its aim to destroy the Palestinian Islamist movement in the wake of Hamas’s unprecedented and brutal attack on Israeli territory on October 7. As a result, Israel has consistently carried out attacks on the Gaza Strip, which it controls.
About half of Gaza’s population, according to Save the Children, is under the age of five.
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