Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Friday revealed Israel's war plans and list of objectives for the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Tel Aviv, Gallant outlined the objectives, with a primary focus on eliminating Hamas and dismantling its military and governance capabilities. Additionally, he expressed intentions to strip Israel of any residual responsibility for the Gaza Strip and establish a new security framework. "October 7 marks the day when the process of eradicating Hamas began," Gallant said.
"This is a three-phase plan," Gallant explained. "We are currently in the first phase, which involves a military campaign aimed at targeting terrorists and disrupting Hamas' infrastructure with precise airstrikes."
"The second phase will be an interim period of lower-intensity war with a focus on eliminating pockets of resistance. The third and final phase will entail the establishment of a new security framework in the Gaza Strip, relinquishing Israel's responsibility for life in the Strip, and the creation of a new and secure reality for Israeli citizens and residents of the border area."