Israeli leaders have said in no uncertain terms that this war will only end when Hamas no longer runs the Gaza Strip.
"It's only the beginning," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the first week of the war. "Our enemies have only just begun to pay the price. I won't detail what will come next. But I'm telling you, it's only the beginning."
"We will destroy Hamas, and we will win," he pledged.
US President Joe Biden, speaking publicly and definitively more than a week after Hamas massacred 1,400 people across southern Israel, agreed that Hamas must be eliminated.
IDF commanders are reportedly champing at the bit, leaking to journalists that a ground invasion has to begin soon.
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Lazar Berman is the Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter and a Middle East Forum Writing Fellow.