The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for a ceasefire as this would amount to surrendering to Hamas.
Netanyahu has insisted that “this is a time for war” and ground operations are intensifying and he has vowed to throw Hamas into the “dustbin of history.”
Netanyahu said, “Just as the US would not agree to a ceasefire after the bombing of Pearl Harbor or after the terrorist attack of 9/11, Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific attacks of October 7.
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“Calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism. “The Bible says, ‘There is a time for peace, and a time for war’. This is a time for a war. A war for our common future. Today, we draw a line between the forces of civilisation and the forces of barbarism.”
He added: “I hope and pray that civilised nations will back this fight. Regardless of who stands with Israel. Israel will fight this war until it is won.
“The horrors that Hamas perpetrated on October 7 remind us that we will not realise the promise of a better future unless the civilised world are willing to fight the barbarians. The barbarians are willing to fight us.”
He said that Israel never started this war but they will certainly finish it as Hamas is part of an “axis of evil” that Iran has helped to create.