IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz said, "We have a strong society that has stood strong in the face of two fronts, first time in the attempt to find three boys (who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas), and a second time in our attempt to return quite to Israel."
The army chief blamed Hamas for the conflict and said the IDF was prepared to continue fighting: "Hamas began this offensive by kidnapping the boys and is already beginning to understand what a large mistake it made. We will be ready to face off when the time comes.
"The IDF was prepared in advance to face any challenge we face. We were forced to sacrifice 64 soldiers and we might be called to lose more. We will continue to act and protect, any time and in any method we see fit. "