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“There is no scenario in which we don’t resume to fighting until the end,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. “This is my policy. The entire cabinet is behind it. The entire government is behind it.”
Like clockwork, Hamas launched rockets and the Israeli air force began striking targets in Gaza as the latest deadline to renew the truce expired on Friday morning, just hours after Washington’s top diplomat Antony Blinken visited Israel, where he conveyed to the country's war Cabinet Washington's expectations that it rein in the next phase of the war.
Israeli top brass say surviving leaders of Hamas are now concentrated in the southern half of the Gaza Strip, signaling a significant expansion of the war, which has already killed 15,000 people, mostly women and children, the Hamas-run Health Ministry says, and displaced two-thirds of its population.