Israel Will Not Leave Last Hamas Battalion In Rafah

Despite the disagreement between the Biden administration and Israel on an operation in Rafah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to do whatever is necessary to defeat Hamas.

Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday, Netanyahu said that Israel will not leave the four Hamas battalions remaining in Rafah, which is the last significant stronghold for the terrorist organization in Gaza.

“We’re going in there. We’re trying to reach an understanding with the administration. I hope we do, but we’ll do what we need to do, what we must do to make sure that Hamas doesn’t retake Gaza and do what they promised to do. And that is to repeat the horrible October 7th massacre,” Netanyahu said.

According to him, leaving several Hamas battalions in Rafah is like the Allies leaving 20% of the Nazi army in Berlin during World War II.

“That would be unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to us too,” Netanyahu said, as he promised to carry on with the fight to get the over 120 hostages held by Hamas released.

“We’ve comported with the laws of war, but we’re finishing them off, and we intend to complete the job because the days when Jews are slaughtered and are defenseless are gone. Never again is now,” he continued.

Netanyahu’s resolve on behalf of Israel comes after President Joe Biden said that he would pause some American shipments of weapons to Israel if the Jewish nation carries out an invasion of Rafah.

“Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers. I made it clear that if they go into Rafah – they haven’t gone in Rafah yet – if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities – that deal with that problem,” Biden stated.

Netanyahu remained unfazed after Biden’s threat, saying, “Today, we are much stronger. We are determined, and we are united in order to defeat our enemies and those who want to destroy us.”

“If we need to stand alone, we will stand alone,” he added.

Biden’s threat earned him a great deal of criticism from conservatives, with some going as far as calling for his impeachment.

Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) was on the forefront of the impeachment calls, as he filed two articles of impeachment against the president.

Speaking to Fox News ahead of the move, he said that “The House has no choice but to impeach President ‘Quid pro Joe’ Biden.”

“As Vice President, Biden was caught threatening to withhold funding and aid to Ukraine unless they fired the attorney general investigating Burisma, a company financially benefiting his son Hunter, not to mention the 10% share for ‘the big guy’ himself.’ Now, Joe Biden is pressuring Israel, our biggest ally in the Middle East, by pausing their funding that has already been approved in the House, if they don’t stop all operations with Hamas. It’s a very clear message, ‘this for that,’” Mills added.