PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows to expand Gaza ground invasion until total quiet is achieved (video)By Mason White 2:48 PM July 21, 2014
|PM Benjamin Netanyahu at press conference|
By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to expand the Gaza ground invasion until total quiet is achieved, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Netanyahu held a security meeting with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, and GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Sammy Turgeman, at an IDF base in the south.
Netanyahu said: “The IDF is making progress in the field according to plan and the operation will be expanded until the goal is achieved – restoring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period. The achievements in the fighting on the field are outstanding. I am impressed by the operation to hit the tunnels. It is achieving results beyond what we expected. On behalf of the people of Israel, I tell all the soldiers in the field that we are proud of their strength of spirit and that we pray for their wellbeing. A military campaign is a complex thing and it has difficult moments. I am certain that together and united, we will reach the goal.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that the operation will continue until there is quiet, adding that the IDF will draft more reservists if necessary. Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said that he believes the IDF should temporarily control Gaza, disarming Hamas while it does so.
On Monday, Hamas fired a massive barrage of rockets at several large cities in Israel. 14 rockets were fired at the Ashkelon area, nine of the rockets were intercepted and two fell in open spaces. Four rockets were fired at the Tel Aviv area, two were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system.
In total, Hamas has fired 1,820 rockets at Israel since July 8th. That’s an average 140 rockets per day.