'Realistic goals.' Barak
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Barak: IDF forces to remain deployed in Gaza

Defense minister says army prepared to resume military activity and even expand it if Hamas continues aggression during unilateral ceasefire

The IDF is holding its fire, but forces will remain deployed in Gaza, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters Saturday night following cabinet's decision on a unilateral ceasefire in the Strip.


"We are holding our fire, but will remain vigilant," he said, "We've met our military objectives and are now holding our fire, but Hamas may fire at the forces and the home front. The army will remain deployed in Gaza and is prepared to continue and even expand the operation if needed. Israel's citizens must also be prepared."


The defense minister added: "We did not go to battle with cries of joy; you go to battle when there is no other choice; you set realistic goals, prepare meticulously and apply all the necessary force. This is what we've been doing in Gaza. This is a just war."


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who spoke before Barak, said the unilateral ceasefire will take effect at 2 am Sunday, while stressing that "this is not a ceasefire with Hamas. These are understandings with sources in the international community which Hamas, as an illegitimate entity, has no place to be involved in."


פרסום ראשון: 01.17.09, 23:47
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