SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 19 June 2021, Saturday | النسخة العربية

Southern Israel residents oppose ceasefire

After the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas during the 11-day fighting, many residents of the southern cities in the country and the border with the Gaza Strip still oppose the truce.

According to the ” Washington Post ” newspaper , many residents of southern Israeli cities oppose the ceasefire and consider that this is just a calm before a new round of confrontations between the IDF and the Palestinian organization classified on the list of terrorism in the United States and other Western countries.

In a Channel 12 poll last week, 72 percent of Israelis said they did not agree with the ceasefire reached between Israel and the Hamas terror group, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

On Friday, the Israeli Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Israel had dealt a “severe blow to terrorist organizations during deterrence operations.”

The fighting, which resulted in the deaths of at least 248 Gazans and 12 residents of Israel, ended, with Egyptian-American mediation.

Over the weekend, the Israelis expressed their disappointment with the manner in which the latest military operation, the most severe since the 2014 war, had been ended.

“The state has unequivocally abandoned us,” said Yuli Lavi, 34, who lives in Ashdod and serves in the Israeli army.

“We got a ceasefire, but what next? It is clear to all of us that it is only a matter of time until the next round” of the battle, she added.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that “the military phase is over” and that the time has now come for a political solution, adding that he is speaking with leaders from “moderate Arab countries” to achieve this goal.

Last week, US President Joe Biden said that the conflict showed “we still need the two-state solution,” and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel.