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.
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.
Meanwhile, more reports came from Gaza of mass surrenders by Hamas terrorists, lately in Jabaliya. After people unfamiliar with war and terrorism complained about photos of the surrendered terrorists stripped to their underwear, the IDF Spokesman explained that this is done to ensure that they’re not hiding weapons or wearing explosives under their clothing. (Note: The terrorists treated the hostages much worse: underwear, no shoes, beatings, and sexual assaults. Should Israel do the same?)