The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu defined the operation of destroying Hamas as follows:
- Freeing the hostages,
- Removing Hamas from power in Gaza,
- Ensuring that no similar threat will ever be posed again from Gaza.
Other government officials issued similar, though not identical, statements.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has concluded his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. [...] Netanyahu says he told Blinken: [...] “I told him we have sworn, and I have sworn, to destroy Hamas. Nothing will stop us,” he says, reiterating that the war in Gaza will continue until Israel frees all its hostages, vanquishes Hamas and guarantees that no similar threat will ever be posed again from Gaza.
Netanyahu ends meeting with Blinken, says Israel has 'sworn to destroy Hamas' | The Times of Israel
“Israel intends to eliminate Hamas just as the world dealt with the Nazis and ISIS,” [Israeli Foreign Minister] Cohen says.
FM Eli Cohen slams 'despicable' UN resolution urging ceasefire | The Times of Israel
Haim Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the European Union and NATO, [...] downplayed Israel’s intentions toward Hamas when speaking with Foreign Policy, describing them simply as “destroying their capabilities,” rather than occupying Gaza.
Can Israel Destroy Hamas in Gaza?
Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant said Israel's operation in Gaza would have three phases.
First, he said Israel would carry out "a military campaign that currently includes strikes, and will later include maneuvering, with the objective of neutralizing terrorists and destroying Hamas infrastructure." The second phase, he said, would focus on "eliminating pockets of resistance" in Gaza.
"The third phase," Gallant said, "will require the removal of Israel's responsibility for life in the Gaza Strip, and the establishment of a new security reality for the citizens of Israel."
Israel plans to "destroy Hamas." If that happens, who will lead the Palestinians in Gaza? - CBS News