In a surprising development, Dan Halutz, former Israeli military chief, has implied that Israel may have suffered a setback in the war against Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip. Halutz, in a recent interview, asserted that Israel lost the conflict against Hamas, emphasizing that the only true victory would be the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Halutz criticized the current Israeli military and political strategy, stating, "For me, the picture of victory will be when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu steps down." He highlighted the human cost of the conflict, referencing the loss of lives, prisoners, and displaced refugees, making it clear that he sees no image of victory in these circumstances.
Expressing concerns over the future of Israel, Halutz conveyed reservations about the passing time and diminishing possibilities for the return of captives. The comments shed light on growing dissatisfaction within Israel regarding the handling of the conflict.
In the aftermath of the conflict, Palestinian resistance movements, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have declared that Israel failed to achieve any of its goals in the brutal aggression on Gaza. Opposition to Netanyahu has intensified among the public and politicians alike.
Recent events indicate continued resistance, with the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Al-Quds Brigades, launching retaliatory rocket strikes on Israeli-occupied territories. As clashes persist within Gaza, the Israeli military has reported casualties on its side, but conflicting figures emerge from different sources.
The conflict, initiated by Israel on October 7, has entered its 81st day, marked by new Israeli strikes in various areas of Gaza. The total death toll since the beginning of the conflict is approaching 21,000, with tens of thousands more injured, predominantly women and children, according to reports.