Israel will shift its focus from the “intense manoeuvring phase of the war” in Gaza to “different types of special operations,” according to Yoav Gallant. But it will not give up on its objective of eliminating Hamas. The next phase of the conflict “will last for a longer time,” the military cabinet minister stated to The Wall Street Journal. He declared, “We’re close to the next phase in the north, including Gaza City,” where he said Israeli forces had “dismantled” Hamas’s leadership. “We won’t give up, but it will take some time.” In addition, he issued a threat to Hezbollah, declaring that Israel was prepared to fight a bloody battle with the Lebanese armed group. “We’re prepared to make sacrifices. They see the events in Gaza. They are aware that we can.