Skip to main content

Israel’s defense chief says Gaza ground incursion is second in 3-phase war plan

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the first phase is ongoing, and the second phase will consist of a ground invasion.
Israel Gallant

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant presented a three-phase plan on Friday for the war against Hamas, though he did not say when an expected ground invasion might commence.

Meeting with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Tel Aviv, Gallant stressed that Hamas has forced upon Israel a "no-choice" war, after a deadly attack on Oct. 7 that killed 1,400 people. 

Israel is currently in the first phase of the plan, Gallant says, ‘’in which a military campaign takes place with fire, to be followed by a maneuver whose purpose is to destroy operatives and damage infrastructure in order to undermine and destroy Hamas," Gallant told the members of the committee. 

The second phase is the expected ground campaign, Gallant said, "continuing the fighting at a lower intensity and eliminating pockets of resistance." This also includes the elimination of Hamas personnel and destroying its military and governing capabilities. 

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.