Yesh Atid Party chairman, Yair Lapid, said the Israeli government had failed in its bombing campaign in Gaza.Lapid is an Israeli opposition figure tasked with forming a new government after the March elections.
"This government has failed to fulfill all the responsibilities entrusted to it. They have failed to carry out the house fortification project and failed miserably in communicating its message through the media. There are no words to describe this failure," he said.
Lapid thinks Hamas has defeated the Israeli government in the battle for liberal Western media.
He continued, "The government failed when it preferred to maintain Hamas rule to weaken the Palestinian Authority."
Lapid stated, "After 11 days of military operations, every Israeli citizen will ask himself: What does the government want to achieve by launching a military operation? What long-term policies and strategic objectives does the government want to establish in its confrontation with Hamas in Gaza? should happen there? Will current military operations prevent future events? "
The Israeli official asked Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu to heed United States President Joe Biden's request for a ceasefire by saying, "At the start of the military operation, President Biden gave full support and justified Israel's right to defend its citizens."
"After 11 days, the US President asked for an end to military operations after the Israeli army achieved its objectives and Israel cannot ignore this request," he said.
He added, "We have a more pressing challenge than Gaza; Iran, the nuclear deal, tensions in Syria and Hezbollah's growing influence. All of these problems are still waiting to be resolved, and to deal with them, we need to maintain close and close coordination with America. "
"Hamas must be weakened on a military and civilian scale. At the military level, Israel must direct a vicious attack whenever Hamas tries to act, in addition to implementing a zero-tolerance policy towards the movement, including the killing of its movement leader. At the political level, the pressure is constant. must be done in cooperation with local residents, "he said.
Lapid explained, "We have to create a situation where the people of Gaza are missing something. The model is Lebanon."
"The main reason behind Hezbollah's caution not to engage in direct confrontation with us is the fact that in the second Lebanon war we attacked Lebanese infrastructure mercilessly," he said.
According to him, "Nasrallah knows that if they face us, Beirut port, airport, local industry and business center will turn into a cloud of dust and fire."
“Hezbollah, like Hamas, is not only a terrorist organization but also a political movement, which means that they don't want the entire Lebanese population to turn against them because of their devastating confrontation with Israel. A similar model must be applied in Gaza too, "he said.
A ceasefire took place in Gaza at 2 a.m. local time. No conditions have been set for a ceasefire, according to media reports.
# Armistice with Israel, Hamas Declares War
Israel and the Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, agreed to a ceasefire starting Friday (21/5/2021) at 02.00 in the morning local time. The Hamas group claimed victory in the war.
The truce was agreed after 11 days of bloody war.
The Israeli government's security cabinet late Thursday approved a joint and simultaneous ceasefire that began Friday at 02.00 am.
Egypt is helping broker the ceasefire agreement, and will send two security delegations to Israel and Gaza to ensure the agreement is upheld.
"The political security cabinet unanimously accepts the recommendations of all security officials, the chief of staff, the head of the Shin Bet (Israel's internal security agency), the head of the Mossad (Israel's foreign intelligence agency) and the head of the national security council to accept Egypt's initiative for a bilateral unconditional ceasefire. , "The Israeli government said in a statement.
"The chief of staff, military echelons and the head of the GSS (general security service) reviewed Israel's major achievements in the campaign before the ministers, some of which were unprecedented. The political echelon emphasized that the reality on the ground will determine the continuation of the campaign," continued the Israeli government. .
A Hamas official, Ali Barakeh, told The Associated Press that the ceasefire was "a victory for the Palestinian people" and a defeat for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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