French president Emmanuel Macron has said Israel risks unleashing a decade of war, appearing to push back on the army’s stated plan to continue fighting until the total elimination of Hamas.
“What is the total destruction of Hamas, and does anyone think it’s possible? If it is, the war will last 10 years,” Mr Macron said on Saturday, speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN’s COP28 climate talks.
“I think we’re at a point where the Israeli authorities are going to have to define their objective and desired end state more precisely,” he added.
The Israeli army resumed shelling the Gaza Strip on Friday following the collapse of a week-long truce.
“We will continue the war until we achieve all its goals, and it’s impossible to achieve those goals without the ground operation,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address Saturday night.
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