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Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rocket launched from Gaza on Israeli communities

PM hails Iron Dome operators, warns Islamic Jihad

Netanyahu says Gaza terror group mistaken in thinking rocket attacks on civilians could weaken Israel's resolve, warns of merciless IDF response

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the teams operating the Iron Dome missile defense system Wednesday, saying they had set a new standard by intercepting more than 90% of rockets launched from Gaza towards Israeli civlian population centers.

 

 

Speaking at a special cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said he believed Islamic Jihad was "beginning to get the message" that Israel would defend itself.

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the beginning of the special cabinet meeting held in Jerusalem (Photo: Reuters)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the beginning of the special cabinet meeting held in Jerusalem (Photo: Reuters)

"They understand we will continue to pound them mercilessly and that we are determined to defend ourselves," the prime minister said adding the terror group would be mistaken to expect that their rocket attacks could weaken Israel's resolve.

 

The IDF targets Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza
The IDF targets Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza

 

Netanyahu said the IDF was continuing to strike Islamic Jihad targets and accused the Gaza faction of responsibility for most of the terrorist attacks emanating from the Strip in the past year.

 

Buildings destroyed by IDF strikes on Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza (Photo: AFP) (Photo: AFP)
Buildings destroyed by IDF strikes on Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza (Photo: AFP)

 

New Right leader Naftali Bennett, making his first statement as defense minister, said that Israel would not hesitate to strike at those who attack it.

 

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (Photo: Ministry of Defense)
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (Photo: Ministry of Defense)

 

"We are sending a clear message to our enemies on all fronts, that anyone intending to harm Israel will never be safe," he said.

 

At least 18 Palestinians have been killed by the IDF strikes on Gaza, officials in the Hamas-run enclave said Wednesday.

 

Palestinians wounded by Israeli air strikes arrive at Gaza hospital
Palestinians wounded by Israeli air strikes arrive at Gaza hospital

 

Referring to the targeted killing of on Tuesday of Baha Abu al-Ata, Bennett said the security forces had carried out an operation crucial to Israel's defense.

 

Gaza funeral of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata killed in Israeli strike on his Gaza city home, Tuesday (Photo: AP)
Gaza funeral of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata killed in Israeli strike on his Gaza city home, Tuesday (Photo: AP)

 

"This was an architect of Islamic Jihad's terror activity against Israeli civilians and he was eliminated," he said, adding that Israel would not hesitate to carry out similar operations in the future.

 

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi also warned Tuesday that Israel could carry out more targeted killings.

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 11.13.19, 12:58
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