Sun 10 Dec 2023 10:26 am - Jerusalem Time
Israeli estimates: The war on Gaza may continue for another two months
Israeli estimates indicate that the war on Gaza will continue for up to two more months, as intense raids, artillery shelling, and ground incursions will continue during the next two months, according to Israeli officials.
The official Israeli radio, Kan 11, reported on Sunday morning, quoting Israeli officials, that estimates indicate that the Israeli war on Gaza will continue for up to two more months.
According to the sources who spoke to Israeli radio, there will not be a ceasefire at the end of these two months, but rather activities will be monitored with the help of the forces that will remain in the Gaza Strip.
Estimates in Israel also indicate that there will be attempts to reach additional exchange deals that will lead to the release of Israeli detainees during these two months.
Political sources added that Israel will allow some residents of the Gaza Strip to return to their homes at some point during the next two months, as this is an American demand from Israel, and it is also an operational need, according to Israeli Radio.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed US President Joe Biden that Israel estimates that the fighting in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip will continue for about a month. Netanyahu expressed this assessment to Biden during their conversation last Friday, as Biden gave a deadline to end the fighting in the southern Gaza Strip within a month, while Netanyahu estimated that it would take a few months.
These estimates are consistent with the statements of Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz, who told the Maariv newspaper: “We do not set time. We must give the Israeli army the time it needs. Every soldier must know that he has all the time and that Israel will act as long as it takes.” .
Katz added: The decisive factor is Israel's need to defeat Hamas. The ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip continues in full force.