Israeli Prime Minister: It will be a long war with Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister: It will be a long war with Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "long war" between his country and Hamas militants as violence continues to engulf the region.


Netanyahu spoke alongside British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak today as he thanked the UK, the US and Israel's other allies for supporting the nation in its fight against Hamas, which is categorized by many countries as an organization terrorist.

"Eighty years ago, prime minister, the civilized world stood with you in your darkest hour," Netanyahu told Sunak.

"This is our darkest hour. I appreciate your support and the fact that you are here, we must win together. This means that this is a long fight, so we will need your continued support. There will be ups and downs. There will be difficulties. People here are united, they are prepared to take the necessary actions," he added.

Netanyahu repeated earlier statements labeling Hamas the "new Nazis" and adding that the organization is "worse than ISIS". He praised Sunak for sending military forces to the region to help Israel.

More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed in the fighting so far, with most deaths resulting from the initial surprise attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7. Since then, the Gaza Ministry of Health has said that 3,478 Palestinians have been killed and around 12,500 others have been injured.