Netanyahu Tells Fox News Cease-fire ‘Means Surrender’

 November 10, 2023

Numerous Democrats in Congress and liberal protesters have been demanding a cease-fire from Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, insists that having a cease-fire would be like surrendering to Hamas, and he has no intention of doing it.

Talking Points…

  • Calls for cease-fire
  • Netanyahu responds
  • Analysis

Calls for Cease-Fire

Congressional Democrats have been calling for a cease-fire by Israel in its war against Hamas.

This movement is growing as more and more from the far left are demanding that Biden pressure Netanyahu. Some, such as Rep. Tlaib (D-MI), have threatened to pull support from the Muslim community if Biden does not give in.

Tlaib gave an impassioned speech on the House floor, trying to justify some of her rhetoric and calls for a cease-fire.

In part, she stated:

"Trying to bully or censor me won't work, because this movement for a ceasefire is much bigger than one person. It's growing every single day. There are millions of people across our country who oppose Netanyahu's extremism and are done watching our government support collective punishment and the use of white phosphorus bombs that melt flesh to the bone."

Several members of the Squad also introduced a measure in the House called the "Ceasefire Now Resolution."

This resolution calls on the Biden administration to "immediately call for and facilitate de-escalation [sic] and a cease-fire to urgently end the current violence" and "promptly send and facilitate the entry of humanitarian assistance into Gaza."

The aspect missing from all these calls for a cease-fire is for Hamas to do the same as well as release the hostages it took during the initial terror attack against Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu Responds

PM Netanyahu joined Bret Baier on Fox News on Thursday night to discuss the war and the calls for a cease-fire from Democrats.

Netanyahu told Baier:

"One thing we haven't agreed to is a cease-fire.

"A cease-fire with Hamas means surrender to Hamas, surrender to terror and the victory of the Iran's axis of terror, so there won't be a cease-fire without the release of Israeli hostages."

This is going to be an ugly war due to the nature of how Hamas conducts its operations. This is an organization that hides among civilians, and the only morality bar in place is against Israel, so Netanyahu is doing his best to keep civilian casualties low.

On this, he stated:

"[The army] is fighting the terrorists both above ground and below ground.

"We're doing everything in our power to reduce civilian casualties: We've managed safe zones and safe corridors so civilians can hear our call to leave, even though Hamas is trying to keep them in."

The Gaza operation is taking longer than Netanyahu had hoped, but that is largely due to the measures he is taking to ensure civilian casualties are minimized.

He also addressed the "River to the sea" comments made by Rep. Tlaib:

"What this congresswoman is calling for is Palestine and genocide, the elimination of the Jewish state, the one and only Jewish state of the Jewish people.

"That's absurd, and I salute the Congress for censoring [sic] her."

The full interview lasts about 12 minutes, and it is very powerful, which you can see in full below…


Netanyahu is in an unwinnable position in terms of civilian casualties.

As I have noted many, many times, civilians will die in this war due to the nature of how Hamas fights and operates.

What is problematic is, as Netanyahu stated in that video, is that we have members of Congress who are spreading misinformation to the American people and around the world.

We all know what "from the river to the sea" stands for, and how Tlaib explained it is just a blatant and outright lie.

It would be ignorant to say that the people of Palestine want to co-exist with Israel and vice versa because it just is not true.

That, however, does not justify allowing Hamas to operate inside of Palestine.

I have stated many times that Palestine has a massive opportunity to establish long-term peace with Israel by helping Israel to root out Hamas and destroy it. Do that, and I firmly believe peace can be achieved.

Sadly, the complete opposite is happening, as I have seen interviews with Palestinian leadership posturing over circumstances that Netanyahu has been adamant are not going to take place, such as a full occupation of Gaza.

Like I said at the very beginning of this… Netanyahu is in an unwinnable position in this war.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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