IDF Spokesperson: Our goal is to maintain the quiet

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IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mordechai on yesterday’s attacks from Gaza and the Syrian border: “We must continue to make sure that we do not suffer any casualties”

Date: 04/03/2013, 10:10 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai spoke this morning (Wednesday, April 3) regarding last night’s air strikes on terror targets in the Gaza Strip.

“Yesterday, there was mortar fire coming in from Gaza,” he said, adding that the IDF (Zahal) “will not accept a return to the situation prior to Operation Pillar of Defense. Hamas understands that there are new rules, and the past five months have been the quietest since the [2005] disengagement. The goal is to maintain the quiet in southern Israel.”

Brig. Gen. Mordechai also referred to recent events in the Golan Heights in which IDF (Zahal) forces returned fire to a gun post on the Syrian side of the border. “Yesterday, after quiet throughout the holiday, mortar and machinegun fire was directed at an IDF (Zahal) patrol near the border fence. In response, an IDF (Zahal) tank accurately struck a building in the Syrian village of Beer Ajam and hit the gun post that fired at the IDF (Zahal) patrol,” he said.

Brig. Gen. Mordechai said: “Despite the shooting, we do not think there is a significant change in the sector. We do not have any part in what is happening there, however we must continue to make sure that we do not suffer any casualties.”

Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon also referred to yesterday’s events, saying that Israel will not tolerate any threat to its security, and will act to eliminate such threats. “As soon as we identify the source of the fire, we will take it down without hesitation, as we did last night and in previous cases. As far as we are concerned, the Syrian regime is to be held responsible for everything happening in its territory. Israel will not allow a situation in which firing spills over to Israeli territory without a response,” he said.