Rumors and Threats of Wars

NETANYAHU: WE ARE PREPARING FOR BROAD, SURPRISING CAMPAIGN IN GAZA

NETANYAHU: WE ARE PREPARING FOR BROAD, SURPRISING CAMPAIGN IN GAZA

“We do not have the illusion that it is possible to reach a political agreement with this group that wants to wipe the State of Israel off the face of the earth,” Netanyahu said.

BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF. JULY 11, 2019 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu related to the current security status and tension in southern Israel in his visit to Ashkelon on Thursday, saying that “Israel prefers to maintain the tranquility, but is also preparing for a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip.”

“I prefer to maintain the tranquility, although we do not have the illusion that it is possible to reach a political agreement with this group that wants to wipe the State of Israel off the face of the earth,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu added that meanwhile, “We are preparing for the offensive side and the campaign is not only going to be broad, but also surprising,” and also asserted that “I will not hesitate to do what is necessary, and electoral considerations do not guide me.”

In an attempt to appease the citizens of the South, Netanyahu claimed that “I want a result in the end that would make sure this city and the communities in the South will continue to develop and prosper, and that there will be a feeling and a reality of security.”

The comments from the prime minister came just a few days after another cross-border tunnel dug into Israeli territory was discovered in the southern part of the Gaza Strip during construction of the country’s underground barrier on Monday evening.

It is unclear if the tunnel was newly dug by terror groups in the Strip or if it was an old unused tunnel.

The Eshkol Regional Council said that the tunnel was found by “groundbreaking technological defenses that are used along the Gaza border to protect our communities. The tunnel is not a threat and is being handled by the IDF.”

Israel’s military has been investing extensive efforts in locating cross-border tunnels from Gaza, and has destroyed 16 terror tunnels that infiltrated into Israeli territory in the past two years, including one tunnel that stretched into both Israel and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula near the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The IDF also destroyed an operational naval tunnel that extended into the Mediterranean and would have enabled terrorists who would enter from a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip to exit into the sea unnoticed.

A total of 18 cross-border tunnels have been discovered and destroyed since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

For the past year, thousands of Gazans have been protesting along the security fence on a weekly basis, taking part in “Great Return March” demonstrations, calling for an end to the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. 

During the violent weekly protests, Gazans have been burning tires and hurling stones, as well as grenades and other explosive devices, towards IDF troops. Gazans have also launched countless aerial incendiary devices into southern Israel, sometimes with explosive devices attached to them.

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