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We're prepared for an extended operation in Gaza
By JPOST.COM 07/28/2014
"We will not end the operation in Gaza without neutralizing the terror
tunnels," says prime minister; defense minister says Israel won't hesitate
to expand actions against Hamas.
PRIME MINISTER Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at a press conference in Tel Aviv
on Friday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation in a
televised press conference Monday night, saying that Israel must be prepared
for a long mission in Gaza, as the operation would not be over until all the
terror tunnels are destroyed.
"There is no war more just than this one," he said. "We will not end the
operation in Gaza without neutralizing the terror tunnels."
Related:IAF resumes air strikes in Gaza amid rocket attacksMortar shell
attack kills at least four in EshkolShortly before Netanyahu's speech, an
infiltration attempt by Hamas terroristswas foiled by the IDF. Five
terrorists were killed trying to enter Kibbutz Nahal Oz near the Gaza
border. At least four Israelis were killed and several others injured in a
separate incident Monday in which a mortar shell hit the Eshkol region.
"Hamas is a cruel enemy, not only to us, but to their own citizens,"
Netanyahu continued. "They have rejected numerous cease-fires. We are
prepared for an extended operation."
Earlier on Monday Netanyahu slammed a UN Security Council statement calling
for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone
conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement
addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of
Israel accepted a UN request for a humanitarian cease-fire three times, he
said, while Hamas violated each one.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, speaking after Netanyahu, echoed the
premier, saying Israel will not hesitate to expand its actions against Hamas
in a manner that will harm the terror organization.
He stressed that Israel would not compromise the security of its citizens.
"We won't be deterred from fighting for our home and citizens," he said in a
Ya'alon vowed that quiet would be returned to the citizens of Israel,
although he noted that the military's campaign in Gaza could be prolonged.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz wrapped up the conference, saying
the IDF was making "excellent" progress in its operations in Gaza, which he
said would continue for as long as needed.
Gantz said the IDF was taking all possible measures not to cause civilian
casualties in Gaza, but reiterated Israel's warning for Palestinian
civilians to distance themselves from the areas where Hamas is operating.
Turning to the Israeli front, the IDF chief called for public support to
remain strong. "I have no doubt we can succeed," he stressed.
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