Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Galand presented today the war plans and objectives of the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Stripspeaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

According to the minister, Israeli war aims include its extermination Hamas, through the destruction of its military and governmental capabilities, Israel’s complete abdication of all responsibility in Gaza and the creating a new one “security regime” in the Gaza Strip.

Gallant reported to the Committee members that the war will have three main phases.

“We are in the first phase, in which a military campaign is being conducted with (air strikes) and later with (ground) maneuvers aimed at (…) destroying Hamas”the Minister of Defense emphasized.

THE second phasehe stressed, will continue with battles but of lower intensity as the troops work to “eliminate pockets of resistance”.

The third phase will be the establishing a new security regime in the Gaza Strip, the abdication of Israel from all responsibility for daily life in the Gaza Strip and the creation of a new security reality for the citizens of Israel and the residents of the area surrounding Gaza“, he emphasized.