Chief of Staff Benny Gantz visited Israeli towns along the Gaza border Friday before the mortar attack that killed 4-year-old Daniel Tregerman. The Army chief made no public comments, but spoke with some of the area's residents including one who he patted on the shoulder and said, "It'll be ok."
Gantz met with officers stationed in the area and was given on overview of current IDF actions to keep southern towns safe from attacks that could come out of Gaza.
During a previous ceasefire with Hamas, the IDF chief told residents of the south that it was safe to return home. Negotiations with Hamas then collapsed into more rocket fire and IDF strikes on Tuesday causing many to flee north yet again.
A total of 12,000 IDF reservists have been recalled for duty since the end of the ceasefire and heavy rocket fire has continued on Israel including the mortar that killed Tregerman, a rocket that left another man in critical condition, and yet another that struck a synagogue in Ashdod moderately wounding one.