Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated to US allies - especially President Joe Biden - that as long as he remains prime minister of Israel, he will not recognize the creation of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu once again placed all the blame for the conflict on Hamas, underlining that only Israel's total victory in the war will determine the total eradication of Hamas.
"Only total victory will guarantee the elimination of Hamas and the return of our hostages. As Prime Minister of Israel I support this position with determination even in the face of enormous international and internal pressure. It was this obstinacy of mine that prevented a Palestinian state for years that would constitute an existential danger to Israel. As long as I am prime minister, this will be my position," Netaniahu told.
However, the situation is dramatic, from a humanitarian point of view. The Gaza Ministry of Health says that over 25,000 people have died in Gaza since the war began and that around 62,681 people have been injured in clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. Precisely in this regard, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated Israel's role in the destruction and mass killings that have been perpetuated since the beginning of the conflict.
"Israel's military operations have spread mass destruction and killed civilians on an unprecedented scale during my tenure as secretary general."
The protests against Netanyahu
Thousands of people in the streets of Tel Aviv protested against Netanyahu, shouting at him to resign from his role as president. The crowd called for the dissolution of the Knesset and the calling of new elections. The demonstration was preceded by another, which has been taking place since yesterday evening near the prime minister's house in Caesarea and where the families of the kidnapped are present.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army surrounded the Red Crescent's central building in Khan Yunis, south of Gaza.
EU Josep Borrell, at the Foreign Affairs Council, analyzed:
"The humanitarian situation in Gaza could not be worse, there is no food, no medicine and people are under bombs. Some ministers accept that there are too many civilian victims but when is enough enough? Today we will also talk about this. It is not the way to conduct a military operation, and I say this with respect for the victims of October 7th."