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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Statement from DM Barak: the operation will achieve its goals

I am convinced that the operation will achieve its goals. I am confident
that we will strengthen our deterrence, and restore the peace, even it takes
some time.

Statement from DM Barak
(Communicated by Josh Hantman, International Media Advisor
MOD)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, this evening (Thursday, 15 November 2012),
issued the following statement:

“Citizens of Israel, we are now 28 hours into Operation ‘Pillar of Defense’
http://www.idf.il/1283-17570-EN/Dover.aspx
. The IDF has dealt a severe blow to Hamas and its terror infrastructure.
In the last twenty four hours, over 250 rockets have been fired at the State
of Israel, landing in the South and in the greater Tel Aviv area; ‘Iron Dome’
successfully intercepted 100 rockets.

The general rocket fire, and in particular, the rockets at the greater Tel
Aviv area, reflect an escalation, and the other side will pay a heavy price
for this escalation. I said at the beginning of the operation that there
will be trying times, and it will not be an easy endeavor. Today we saw
that price in Kiryat Malachi, and our hearts go out to all the families of
the victims.

Today, I ordered the IDF to expand the mobilization of the reserves so that
we will be prepared for any new type of development, if and when required.
This morning, with Be’er Sheva Mayor Rubik Danilovich, I saw an exemplary
city that is standing up strong, resilient in the face of an onslaught of
rockets; and this is genuinely heartwarming. This is also the case in other
cities. From our experience there is no 'quick fix', and this test will
continue, a test which we must face with resilience and composure. We are
all family. And today in Tel Aviv, we are feeling something that over one
million Israelis have been feeling for a long time, especially in these
days.

I am convinced that the operation will achieve its goals. I am confident
that we will strengthen our deterrence, and restore the peace, even it takes
some time.

In the meantime we must conduct ourselves with composure and discipline,
[paying attention] to the instructions of the Home Front Command. We must
continue to live our normal lives, even during this difficult test, in order
to enable the IDF to carry out its mission, so we end of this operation with
the upper hand."

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