Gantz: IDF will be forced to attack Gaza if rockets resume

November 15, 2011 13:33

The IDF will be forced to launch an offensive if rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip continue to be launched into southern Israel, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday. He added that Israel must take the initiative.

In the next round of fighting, Gantz added, "we will need to shorten the length of fighting as much as possible," noting that speed is dependent on quality intelligence and quick action.

The IDF chief also addressed preparations made ahead of the Palestinian UN statehood bid in September, warning that "September is no just a date but a process. The preparations are not behind us yet."

The potential for disappointment over the failure of the statehood bid, Gantz added, means that there is still a danger violence could break out in the West Bank.

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