Chief of Staff: Israel cannot live under the threat of Hamas in Gaza

On third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Lt. Gen. Gantz expresses satisfaction with the deterrence Israel gained from it

Date: 27/12/2011, 12:57 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

“From time to time, we face rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and we understand the continuing buildup from the Egypt region,” Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said on Tuesday (December 27). “I believe that the state of Israel cannot continue to live under the active threat of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.”

“Sooner or later, there will be no escape from conducting a significant operation,” Lt. Gen. Gantz continued. “The IDF (Zahal) knows how to operate in a determined, decisive and offensive manner against terrorists in the Gaza Strip.”

Lt. Gen. Gantz said that any such operation would be premeditated and quick.

On the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Lt. Gen. Gantz expressed satisfaction with the high level of deterrence Israel gained from it.