Israel’s top generals are advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza, even if it means the Palestinian movement Hamas remains in power, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

This stance has reportedly created a rift between the military and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposes a truce that would allow Hamas to survive the war.

The generals believe that a truce is the best way to secure the release of the roughly 120 Israelis still held in Gaza, both dead and alive, according to interviews with “six current and former security officials”.

“Underequipped for further fighting after Israel’s longest war in decades, the generals also think their forces need time to recuperate in case a land war breaks out against Hezbollah,” the report added, citing multiple officials.

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