IP - The Palestinian Authority government's Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has said that by “killing, destroying, and trying to displace Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, Israel wants to reshape the demographic balance to its advantage.

Iran Press/ West Asia: Speaking at the beginning of the weekly cabinet session held in Ramallah, Shtayyeh said that the past 400 days were the bloodiest in the contemporary history of Palestine.

“We have more than 100,000 Palestinians killed, wounded, and missing in the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023, and more than 640 in the West Bank,” he said according to WAFA news Agency.

“There are also more than 10,000 detainees, and these are not numbers, but rather they indicate children, women, the elderly, young men and women, and they indicate our families and our people, each of them has a history, status, and name, and had a future that was killed by Israel.”

Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Oct. 7.  killing at least 28,176 and wounding 67,784 others.

Israel had announced its goal from the beginning of the operation to destroy Hamas and then release the Israeli captives in Gaza, but after more than four months, not only this goal has not been achieved, but Israel's insistence on these two goals has caused differences in that society.   

Experts believe that Israel is now in a dilemma and must choose between destroying Hamas or freeing the captives.  

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of the Zionist regime, is under very strong domestic pressure from members of the right-wing part of the government.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s national security minister, and Bezalel Smotrich, the finance minister, have been threatening to leave the government if Netanyahu enters a deal they say is unfavorable to Israel, including the release of thousands of Palestinian detainees from Israeli jails.

Netanyahu also has pressure from the opposition Benny Gantz, who joined Netanyahu’s emergency government.

He and his party are not part of the wider coalition and Gantz is saying that if Netanyahu continues to cave to the right, he’s going to leave the emergency government.  

Another member of the opposition, Yair Lapid, has said that if the right-wing leaves the government, his party is ready to step in to offer Netanyahu a safety net if it means agreeing to a deal that would bring back captives from Gaza.  

Pressure also continues to mount on Netanyahu from the Americans as well as from the families of the captives and also those people who have been displaced on the northern side of its border.

Experts believe that the destruction of Hamas is a far-fetched goal.


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