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IDF Chief: Gaza Operation ‘Another Link’ in Fight for Israeli Independence

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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Photo: Cpl. Shay Wagner, IDF Spokesperson's Unit via Wikimedia Commons. – While Operation Protective Edge has ended, “our days of fighting may not be over, as our long and ongoing struggle has not ended,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz wrote in a memorandum circulated to soldiers on Tuesday as part of the military’s conclusion of its Gaza campaign.

“Operation Protective Edge was another link in the fight for Israel’s independence, the same fight that began 66 years ago. … The terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip suffered a debilitating blow and they have lost many of their operatives and commanders, as well as weapons, infrastructure, and strategic capabilities they had spent years cultivating,” wrote Gantz.

“You, the troops on the ground, provided our enemies—be they near or far—with unequivocal proof of the IDF’s might and its ability to realize its mission as the Israel Defense Forces,” he added. “I am proud to be your commander.”

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