Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israel is prepared for the extensive military campaign in Gaza against Hamas, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (local time).
“I recently ordered that the [IDF border] units be reinforced, that tools be added, in preparation for an extensive campaign. All citizens of Israel know that if an extensive campaign is necessary – we will go into it strong and secure after all other possibilities have been exhausted,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying.
His remarks come in the wake of heightened tension between Isreal and Gaza after the latter’s rocket fell in Tel Aviv on Monday.
Retaliating immediately, Israeli Air Force struck Hamas target throughout Gaza. Despite Hamas repeated clarifications that the rocket fell accidentally, Isreal launched multiple strikes towards Gaza. Furthermore, Egypt also tried to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. However, the talks failed and Israel continued to attack.
Netanhayu, who just returned from his state visit to United States, termed US’ recognition on Golan Heights as Israel part as a “tremendous diplomatic achievement”.
Claiming Golan Heights still faces threat, Netanhayu said, “Beyond the Golan Heights is Syria, and also Iran. Iran is constantly trying to bring precision long-range missiles, which are very advanced and very lethal, into Syria.”