Prime Minister Netanyahu in an address to the nation said. “We fight until victory. We will not stop the war until we complete all its goals: the completion of the elimination of Hamas, and the release of all our hostages. The choice I offer to Hamas is very simple: surrender or die. They don’t have and won’t have any other choice. And after we eliminate Hamas, I will work with all my might to ensure that Gaza no longer poses any threat to Israel. Neither Hamastan nor Fatahstan.”
Goshen, an organization promoting community child health and well-being, conducted a study together with the Israeli Pediatric Association on the state of children in Israeli as a result of the war.
The study found that 84% of all Israeli children are suffering from emotional distress. Forty percent of parents are also feeling stressed and anxious, but only 14% of parents have sought help for their or their children’s mental health.
Further, 93% of children who were personally impacted by the October 7th Hamas attacks and the war are having emotional difficulties, with 69% of them suffering from anxiety. 90% of children living in areas with frequent rocket sirens are distressed, with 69% of them specifically feeling anxious. Children living in areas with less frequent sirens experienced less anxiety.
“For the last week and a half, we have been fighting the murderous battalion of Shejaya. Last night, we took a hit. a painful blow. We have lost good friends, heroic warriors and commanders, brave souls, whose bodies prevented the abduction of our warriors. Chanukah is the holiday of Jewish heroism, a holiday of victory, and at the core of our nation’s heritage. We are the people’s brigade, the heroes’ brigade, and you are heroes! You are the generation of victory, and we all understand that it’s either us, or them. The legacy of our heroic friends is sharp and clear. We are moving forward. There will be time for pain too, now we fight. Golani stations here are the top, until the victory.”
In an interesting yet sad occurrence today, an injured four-year-old girl wandered into an IDF encampment in Gaza, at 2 a.m. The soldiers treated her wounds, and then brought her to a Gaza ambulance at the humanitarian crossing.