America and the United Nations are now putting immense pressure on Israel to implement a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza in hopes that Hamas would follow suit.
By Monday evening, the Israeli government had rejected all such demands, insisting that it could not trust Hamas, and that the current war could not now be brought to an end without meeting its goals.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement decrying how America and the UN are treating Israel and Hamas as equals, and in fact proposing ceasefire deals that reward Hamas aggression with political gains.
Such a policy, Netanyahu argued, would only encourage Hamas and other terror groups to again attack Israel in the future, all but guaranteeing the next Gaza war.
Furthermore, both the American and UN proposals have largely ignored Israel’s security concerns by failing to address the problem of Hamas’ extensive military infrastructure.
“The [UN] Security Council Presidential Statement relates to the needs of a murderous terrorist organization that is attacking Israeli civilians and does not address Israel’s security needs, including the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip according to the principle laid down in the interim agreements with the Palestinians,” read Netanyahu’s statement.
In a televised address to the nation later in the evening, Netanyahu said the disarmament of Gaza simply had to be part of any long-term true agreement, and insisted that in the meantime, Israel would continue to act against the Hamas threat.
PHOTO: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Benny Gantz discuss the next steps in the Gaza war.