On May 29, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said in an interview with the Kan public broadcaster that "military actions in Gaza will last at least seven more months."

"These seven months will be needed to deepen military achievements and succeed at destroying Hamas's military and political potential," Hanegbi said.

Hanegbi also added that the border between Gaza and Egypt must be blocked. "No one else will take on this task; we will have to do it ourselves," he said.