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Israel sends ground forces into Gaza Strip

If you’re just joining us, Israel has launched “the second stage of the war,” maring its most significant ground incursion into the besieged Gaza Strip since fighting began on October 7.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz have given a late-night televised address announcing the escalation, reiterating their promise to “destroy” Hamas.

Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.Credit: AP

Here are some of the key quotes during that press conference. It was the first time Netanyahu took questions from reporters since Hamas’ surprise attack:

On the war:

“This is the second stage of the war whose goals are clear – to destroy Hamas’ governing and military capabilities and to bring the hostages home.” – Netanyahu

“The war inside the Gaza Strip will be difficult and long… We are ready.” – Netanyahu

“We always said ‘never again’ – ‘never again’ is now.” – Netanyahu

“It is a not a war of choice. It is us against them.” – Gallant

On the failure of Israeli intelligence on October 7:

“There was a horrible failure, and it will be fully checked. I promise you, no stone will be left unturned. For now, my supreme mission is to save the country and lead our soldiers to total victory.” – Netanyahu

On the military:

“We moved to the next stage in the war.” – Gallant.

“Last evening, the ground shook in Gaza. We attacked above ground and underground. … The instructions to the forces are clear. The campaign will continue until further notice.”- Gallant.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/israel-sends-ground-forces-into-gaza-strip-as-war-escalates-20231029-p5efss.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world Israel sends ground forces into Gaza Strip

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