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‘Next war with Hamas will be its last,’ senior defense source says


The next war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza will be the last for the Islamist regime, a senior source in the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, though he stressed that Israel will not be the side to initiate hostilities.

Israel has no desire to control the Gaza Strip, the source said, but it will not tolerate an endless “war of attrition” on the part of Hamas.

The next clash must be the last from the point of view of the Hamas regime. We [Israel] must not initiate war,” he added, but said a future outbreak of hostilities is unavoidable.

His comments come after senior military officials made changes to the IDF’s objective for a Gaza conflict. Should hostilities erupt again, military planners would seek the destruction of Hamas’s military wing, not establishing deterrence as they did in past wars.

However, within the IDF’s plans, an option exists of leaving Hamas’s political wing in place alongside a police force.

Speaking on Wednesday, the defense source described Hamas as a growing threat. Any attempt to present it as a pragmatic entity that can be guided into recognizing Israel is “nonsense,” the source said.

“We see how they are educating the next generation.

We see the brainwashing in the Gaza Strip, and how the budget is allocated. Hamas receives funds from the international community and collects taxes. None of this goes to Gazan residents.

All of their money goes to building up force and arming themselves. Their media make clear that there is only one aim for Hamas, and


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