Eli Cohen said the country will not yield to international pressure but continue with the fight.
Despite international pressure on Israel and Hamas militants to de-escalate the conflict in Gaza, Israel has issued yet another discouraging comment.
Israel and Hamas had agreed to a cease-fire earlier on Thursday after Hamas had stopped shooting rockets at Israel for several hours. Israel will then resume bombings, defying mediators’ wishes once again.
Israel told the international news agency AFP that it will only end its airstrikes on Gaza once it has accomplished its target. The government stated that its aim is to prevent Islamist fighters from attacking Israel in the future.
Israeli Intelligence Minister while speaking on the radio on Thursday reiterated the government’s stand on the fight that started about a week ago. Eli Cohen said the country will not yield to international pressure but continue with the fight.
“We are definitely seeing very significant international pressure… we will finish the operation when we decide we have attained our goals,” said Eli Cohen, who is Israeli Intelligence Minister.
The United States had called for a de-escalation of the conflict on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump urging the disputing parties to find an amicable agreement as soon as possible.
Since the fighting started on May 10th, 230 Palestinians have been killed and 12 Israelis have been killed.
Since the conflict started, Israel says Hamas has launched over 4000 rockets, with the Iron Dome device intercepting the majority of those deemed dangerous to a larger population.