Barak: The terrorist attack originated in Gaza, most of the perpetrators were killed and the senior terrorists responsible for the attack were killed shortly after it.
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Advisor)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, this afternoon (20 August) conducted a special situation analysis with the IDF Chief of Staff, Lt.-General Benny Ganz, as well as intelligence and security officers. The Defense Minister received an update of the situation and gave instructions for future activity. Barak said that he views very seriously the horrific attack on Thursday (18 August) that targeted Israeli civilians on Israeli territory.
Defense Minister Barak stated: "The terrorist attack originated in Gaza, most of the perpetrators were killed and the senior terrorists responsible for the attack were killed shortly after it. Over the last two days, Israel has been hitting back hard at those responsible for the attack in the south, and is acting with efficiency against the launching of Grad missiles and rockets from Gaza in order to protect the citizens of Israel."
The Defense Minister noted the importance of the peace treaty with Egypt and his appreciation for the reasonableness and responsibility that Egypt has demonstrated. Barak stated: "We regret the deaths of members of the Egyptian security forces during the terror attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border." The Minister of Defense has ordered an IDF investigation, followed by a joint examination with the Egyptian military, to examine the circumstances of the event. The appropriate conclusions will be reached following the investigation. Defense Minister Barak stated: "The Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty has great importance and much strategic value for the stability of the Middle East."
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President Shimon Peres: "The peace with Egypt is strategic. Both we and the Egyptians have a supreme interest in preventing terrorism from running amok.The Sinai must remain a center of tourism and peace; everything must be done to ensure that terrorists and extremists do not take control there. I regret that Egyptian soldiers fell and am certain that no Israeli would want to see Egyptian soldiers killed. I convey my condolences to the Egyptian people and the soldiers’ families."