While Israel and Hamas observed a dormant ceasefire that began early Friday, Israeli commentators took stock of the 11-day-long conflict, and many questioned what reached the extensive bombing of Gaza.
Several analysts and political rivals have criticized Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for an operation that they say has brought international condemnation but has not dealt a decisive blow to Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza. Despite the heaviest Israeli bombing since 2014, they noted that Hamas continued firing rockets into Israel until the hours before the ceasefire took effect.
“With the best intelligence and air force in the world, Netanyahu managed to pull an ‘unconditional standstill’ from Hamas. Embarrassed, ”tweeted Gideon Saar, a Conservative politician and former ally of Mr. Netanhayu, who broke up with the prime minister in 2019.
Every round of Israeli-Palestinian conflict brings with it questions and accusations in Israel, which as the superior military power are often criticized for the use of excessive force and for the harm done to civilians. According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, more than 230 people in Gaza have killed more than 230 people in Gaza since May 10, protesting in cities around the world.
Sharon Idan, a correspondent for Kan, the Israeli public broadcaster, tweeted that Israel has been put under pressure by international leaders to end the Gaza operation, while Hamas is ‘stuck’ and ‘not really defeated’. The United States is Israel’s strongest ally, but in recent days President Biden, under pressure from within his own party, has put pressure on Mr. Netanyahu stepped up to halt the attacks.
“Israel will come to a standstill because the world is tired of fighting,” he said. Idan wrote. “Not because the time has come and not because things will change.”
Israeli military officials said the operation destroyed tens of kilometers of underground tunnels and severely curtailed Hamas’ ability to launch attacks.
“The damage to Hamas will definitely affect the organization’s decisions regarding rockets in the future,” Itai Brun, a former head of the Israeli military intelligence, told Israeli army radio.
Mr. Netanyahu’s biggest rival, Yair Lapid, who is trying to form a new government after the prime minister failed to do so last month, praised the army and praised the performance of Iron Dome, Israel’s US-funded missile defense system. . of the rockets fired by Hamas before they could inflict damage on Israel.
But he has Mr. Netanyahu’s government criticized for failing to secure the return of Israeli soldiers captured by Hamas and for failing to protect civilians in border towns such as Ashkelon, where Hamas projectiles killed two residents last week.
“The army has succeeded,” he said. Lapid posted on Facebook. “The government has failed.”