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Thursday, November 22, 2012
PM Netanyahu Meets with Public Security Minister Aharonovitch, Israel Police Inspector-General Danino and Senior Israel Police Commanders

PM Netanyahu Meets with Public Security Minister Aharonovitch, Israel Police
Inspector-General Danino and Senior Israel Police Commanders
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Thursday, 22 November
2012), at National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem, met with Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Inspector-General
Yohanan Danino and other senior Israel Police commanders. The Prime Minister
thanked the personnel of the Israel Police for their work during the
military operation against the terrorist organizations in Gaza.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "I came, first of all, to thank you, the
personnel, commanders, officers and volunteers of the Israel Police. You
worked, I want to say, 24/7 but it was actually 24/8 24 hours a day for
eight straight days. Your work was exceptionally intense and exceptionally
successful. You are the backbone of work on the home front, along with other
forces, but you did this loyally, professionally, and with dedication. On
behalf of all Israelis, I would like to thank you.

I would also like to thank Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Shahar
Ayalon, Magen David Adom, led by Eli Bein and his people, and Israel Prison
Service Commissioner Aharon Franco and his people, who dealt with issues
that came up. I would like to say in general that the home front was handled
differently. I commend Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, GOC Home
Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg and all the soldiers and civilians
who worked on it. This time the home front functioned very well. We have
invested billions in the home front. We had exercises, we made preparations,
with the Israel Police, IDF Home Front Command and other organizations, in
the cities and local councils, and this campaign functioned very well. It
applied very many lessons and acted in complete contrast to what our enemies
expected.

Not only did the home front not collapse, it stood steadfast and was managed
with equanimity, restraint and the emotional resilience of Israel's
citizens.

I have appointed Prime Minister's Office Director-General Harel Locker to
head a team of ministry director-generals to deal with the problems that
have arisen after the fighting
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokeminuy221112.aspx
to deal with problems of financing, assistance and rehabilitation quickly
and without bureaucracy.

We had many major achievements in this operation. The IDF struck very hard
at Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. Many terrorist leaders were
killed. We eliminated thousands of missiles that were aimed at the south of
the country and almost all of the missiles that were aimed at the center of
the country. We operated against the terrorist organizations'
infrastructures, things that were built over the years were demolished.
http://www.idf.il/1283-17607-en/Dover.aspx

We are ready to act should the quiet be violated.

I know that there are citizens who expected an even sharper response. We are
prepared for this as well. Just as we did during this operation, we will
decide when and how to act, and against whom.

Now we are giving the ceasefire a chance
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Events/Pages/eventsumm211112.aspx
This is the right thing to do for the State of Israel at this time but we
are also prepared for the possibility that the ceasefire will not be upheld,
and we will know how to act if need be."

Israel Police Inspector-General Danino told Prime Minister Netanyahu that
the earthquake preparedness exercise that was held last month greatly helped
the Israel Police to be better prepared, and that the home front had never
been handled as well as it was during this campaign.

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