Israel’s Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview with i24NEWS that he was perhaps most regretful for not removing Hamas from the Gaza Strip during the 2009 war under his premiership.
“We didn’t complete the operation by, I think, removing Hamas from Gaza — which by that time was possible,” Olmert said. “I think it was a terrible mistake because of [the] unacceptable position of the then minister of defense and foreign minister,” adding that completing the mission would have created “terrible damage internally in Israel.”
“As a result, Hamas recuperated and they are now stronger than they were before,” Olmert said, adding that he thinks it now “impossible” to remove Hamas from Gaza.
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