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April 3, 2013 9:06 am

IDF Chief of Staff: We Will Not Return to Reality Seen in South Before Operation Pillar of Defense

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IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Benjamin Gantz's Photo: IDF.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Wednesday that Israel “would not allow the reality which existed before Operation Pillar of Defense to return.”

“The south is strong and stable, everything is under control,” he said, according to Israel’s Channel 2.

The comments came only hours after two rockets  launched from Gaza struck Sderot early Wednesday morning, this a day after the relative quiet seen in recent months along the Gaza-Israel border was shattered when a projectile launched from Gaza landed in southern Israel. Two other projectiles had earlier been launched but never made it out of Palestinian territory.  The two incidents Tuesday initiated an IAF airstrike on terrorist targets in Gaza, the first such operation since the end of Operation Pillar of Defense in November of last year.

Sderot Mayor David Buskila told Ynet, “I think the IDF’s response is adequate. We must not return to the reality that prevailed here before Pillar of Defense.”

IDF spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai told Israel’s Channel 2 that the rocket fire from Gaza “is a reminder that the threats have not disappeared.”

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  • BethesdaDog

    Easy to criticize, Shmuel, when you don’t have to run the ship of state. This “apology” was less than an apology, and was likely carefully vetted by the government and military before it took place. They have to mollify this nutcase in Turkey so they can achieve some degree of cooperation on other, more pressing problems, like Syria, and especially Iran.

    As far as the “daily” rockets, the reports from the military suggest that they are not daily and are, in fact, rather infrequent now. I would like to know if the government and military are lying. If they are, they should be turned out. I suppose the “daily” rockets are much less frequent than that now. They are not going to totally and permanently solve the problem of Gaza now, rater, they have to adopt a strategy of occasional lawnmowing operations, combined with Iron Dome, to minimize the attacks. There’s nothing that can be done short of a massive land invasion, involving hundreds, if not thousands, of casualties, world condemnation, and a very dicey solution at the end. That’s not a good alternative right now, when the primary concern has to be what’s happening in Iran and South Korea (yes, South Korea, the ally of Syria and Iran.) The situation in South Korea is likely a diversion planned to distract world and U.S. attention to what’s happening in Iran. Some reduction of Turkish hostility is necessary if Israel has to fly along the Turkish border on the way to Iranian targets.

  • Seth Lefkow

    Twice, during Sar-El “hitches”, i have been in Sderot and have marveled at the resilience of its citizens. They are rocketed every day by one or many missiles. Concrete shelters are at every bus stop and home have “safe” rooms. Fifteen seconds is the time lapse between launch and impact.

    Schools have steel and concrete shells over that part of the building from whence come the rockets.

    But daily, ambulances of the Red Mogen Dovid (Israel’s Red Cross equivalent) enter Gaza to bring the sick and injured into Israel to be treated at no cost and returned — treatment they could not get in Gaza.

    By the way, The American Red Cross recognizes the Arab Red Crescent but not Israel’s Red Mogen Dovid.

    And when Israel says “Enough” and retaliates, we in the United States see only pictures of dead and wounded Gazans — the same people who gave the rocketeers food, shelter, information, support. Terrorism cannot survive without the “permission of the population”.

  • SHmuel

    By now I would have hoped to see at least some changes on the libretto’s wording. But I guess the israeli military and civilian clowns run out of budgets for spin. NO! They can not possibly believe that the stupid Morsi-Soetoro organized cease fire… was worth more than the ink it was printed with.
    Then again. After the now famous “apology” one may tend to concede that they are indeed true “believers”. If the prize is right that is. Netanyahu is after “his nobel” while Peres and Soetoro would not mind a repeat.

    Bottom line.
    NOTHING will change either responding to murderous attacks or about doing some true construction.
    Iran is home free just as much.
    Israel is in dire straits and the people must act to remove the flotsam from offices of state.
    True free elections must follow.

  • rofedoc

    Masada will not fall again

  • Otto Schiff

    It is unfortunate that the human race can not solve problems withou resorting to violence.