Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an IDF base in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip Wednesday to assess the situation in the area in the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense.
The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo made the following statement:
“I am very impressed by the advanced technological means and even more so by our young soldiers operating them here. The IDF, the ISA and the security forces are doing very important work here; they are maintaining the quiet that has been kept since Operation Pillar of Defense. However, let us not delude ourselves. This quiet could be violated in an instant, and the IDF and the security forces are ready for any scenario. We will do whatever is necessary to defend the security of Israel’s citizens in this area and in others.”
According to a press release provided by the Prime Minister’s office, security establishment data showed that December 2012 was the quietest month in the south since January 2001.