Military Intelligence says that Israel does not face an "existential" threat and speaks of a "war for a lifestyle"
MADRID, 1 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Israeli Army has affirmed this Wednesday that the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is "the real culprit" of the "disaster unleashed" in the Gaza Strip, the target of an Israeli military offensive after the attacks carried out on October 7 by the Islamist group.
Israeli Army spokesman Daniel Hagari has indicated that Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinuar, and "all senior Hamas officials" are "trying to create an image of destruction in Gaza and dead Gazans because of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)".
"They will not be able to hide the real culprits. They themselves, who unleashed the disaster on Gaza," he said, before adding that the Israeli military "fights bravely on the battlefield," where "terrorists are eliminated."
"There are hand-to-hand battles and they are seeking contact," said Hagari, according to a statement published by the Israeli Army through its website, following the wave of condemnations for the bombing carried out on Tuesday against the Jabalia refugee camp. , the largest in Gaza, which left "hundreds" of victims, according to the authorities of the enclave, controlled by Hamas.
For his part, the head of Israel's Military Intelligence services, Aharon Haliva, has stated that the country does not face an "existential" threat and has pointed out that "it is a war for a lifestyle," according to what he has gathered. the Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz'.
"The existence of the State of Israel is not at risk," Haliva said during a graduation ceremony for Intelligence officers. "However, it is a war on our lifestyle, on the roads and fields that are part of our daily lives, on daycares and schools and on our children and grandchildren," he said.
In this sense, he emphasized that the conflict with Hamas affects the possibility of "living in this country with security, peace and choice for future generations", before highlighting that Israel "also faces enemies in the north and to the east", referring to Lebanon and Syria and Iran, respectively.
The attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas left nearly 1,400 dead and more than 230 kidnapped, while the authorities of the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamist group, have reported the death of more than 8,500 people in bombings. Israel, a figure to which is added more than 110 deaths in operations by security forces and attacks by settlers in the West Bank.