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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
DM Barak Comments on the Situation vis-a-vis Gaza

DM Barak Comments on the Situation vis-a-vis Gaza
(Communicated by Josh Hantman, International Media Advisor, MOD
dover@mod.gov.il

Defense Minister Ehud Barak made the following comments after the situation
analysis held this morning (Tuesday, 13 November 2012) with the Gaza
Division in the south of Israel:

"The event is not yet over. We are here with Gaza Division Commander [Brig.
Gen.] Micky [Edelstein]; Commander of the Southern Command [Maj. Gen.] Tal
(Russo); and Deputy Chief of Staff [Maj. Gen.] Yair [Naveh]. We have heard
our officers and the correct, professional, methodical actions are being
taken.

Hamas and the other terrorist organizations are suffering as a result of
intense strikes [by the IDF] in Gaza. But it is certainly not over and we
will decide how and when to act if necessary. I do not want to address
either timing or means [of operation]; it would not be right to provide this
information to the other side.

We do not intend to allow – in any shape or form – the continued harming of
the day to day life of our citizens. And we intend to reinforce the
deterrence – and strengthen it – so that we are able to operate along the
length of the border fence in a way that will ensure the security of all our
soldiers who are serving around the Gaza Strip.

As far as we are concerned, Hamas is responsible for what is happening in
the Gaza Strip. Even when other organizations are carrying out [certain
attacks], Hamas are not free from responsibility."

Question: "Minister of Defense, residents of the south feel that there has
not been a sufficient response from the IDF?"

DM Barak: "I want to specifically commend the locally elected officials and
citizens of the region on their resilience and ability to act [as if all
were normal], even when it is obvious that there is no 'quick fix' solution;
at least not with a 'single stroke of the sword'. These things require an
attitude of grit and endurance, and this is exactly what the residents are
displaying.

I think that the relationship between the IDF and the residents is
excellent. There is no need to expand [in talk] at this time… it is
preferable to do – to act – timely; rather than just talk before [the
action]."

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