Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday with the municipal leaders from the Gaza envelope and was heavily criticized for the government's conduct.
"We're sick of stories. You didn't conquer the northern Gaza Strip; how can we return home? How can our children again live under rocket fire? Again, we'll go back and see Gazans on the fence? That won't happen," some of the leaders attacked the Prime Minister and added, "The October 7th massacre was enough. We want a security zone and the dissolution of Hamas' rule."
Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi told Netanyahu: "I don't want to hear about the Palestinian Authority ruling Gaza or its demilitarization. Tell the truth, please; you haven't even captured the northern Gaza Strip. You need to erase and collapse Hamas.
Prime Minister Netanyahu answered: "You have nothing to worry about. The security control of the area will be in our hands. We need the United States mostly for arms. Until now, we dealt with the issue of the hostages, and I don't know what you're being told, but unequivocally, we are going back to battle with all our strength."