Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 28 October 2023

Nearly half of Israelis want their government to delay the ground invasion of Gaza, new poll finds – piling pressure on Netanyahu

Nearly half of Israelis want their government to delay a ground invasion of Gaza, according to a new poll which will pile pressure on beleaguered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A week ago, two thirds of those in Israel favoured an ‘extensive invasion’, yet now only 29 per cent want the Israel Defence Force (IDF) to go in immediately, while 49 per cent prefer to wait.

The dramatic shift came as fears grew of the Gaza crisis turning into a wider conflict after US warplanes launched air strikes on Iran-linked militant bases in Syriaovernight.

The Israeli Army meanwhile, launched its second incursion in successive nights into Gaza in a preparatory move for a ground invasion, targeting the extensive tunnel network from where Hamas terrorists could emerge.

The new mood of caution in Israel is down to Hamas’s release of four hostages of the total of at least 233 men, women and children they abducted during the terrorist group’s murderous rampage on October 7 which left 1400 people dead.

Since then Israel has unleashed a round-the-clock bombing campaign directed at Hamas in Gaza, but which has also killed thousands of Palestinians.

In the survey of 522 Israelis by right-leaning daily newspaper Maariv, only 29 per cent wanted the Army to escalate to a large-scale ground offensive immediately, with 49 per cent saying ‘it would be better to wait’.

‘It is almost certain that the developments on the matter of the hostages, which is now topping the agenda, have had a great impact on this shift (in opinion),’ Maariv wrote.

Hamas says around 50 hostages have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza. One ex-hostage said she had been held, along with at least two dozen others, in an underground Hamas tunnel and bunker complex that is a focus of Israel’s offensive.

Three people were wounded, one moderately and two lightly in a new round of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel when one missile hit an apartment in Tel Aviv as Israelis prepared for the Friday night beginning of the Jewish Sabbath.

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