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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claimed that the ground offensive against Gaza is an "opportunity" to rescue prisoners held by Hamas.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting of the Israeli government, Netanyahu evaluated the situation in the Gaza Strip, where the army has launched attacks.

"We are in the middle of a war and we have set a clear goal to destroy Hamas' military and authoritarian capabilities and we are doing it systematically," Netanyahu said.

"But in the end, I promise you one thing: Hamas will be defeated, destroyed and there will be a different Gaza," the Israeli prime minister said, adding that the ground operation in Gaza would "take time" and lead to "pitfalls, difficulties and casualties."

Netanyahu also stated that they are continuing their efforts to release Israeli prisoners held by Hamas in Gaza and said, "The ground operation creates an opportunity for their release and we will not miss it."

Referring to the clashes on the Lebanese border, Netanyahu argued that Hezbollah would "make the mistake of its life" if it went to war with Israel, and said, "You will receive a blow you cannot even imagine."

Netanyahu also reiterated Israel's warning to Palestinians in northern Gaza to move south, claiming that there are "safe zones" in the south.

On October 7, Hamas captured at least 239 Israelis, including soldiers and policemen, in Israel's border areas after launching attacks from the Gaza Strip.