'Game change' coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says

"We will no longer accept the fire terror," security cabinet minister says day after Gaza rocket attack.

By YVETTE J. DEANE
October 18, 2018 13:23
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'Game change' coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says, October 18, 2018 (Yoav Frenkel)

'Game change' coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says, October 18, 2018 (Yoav Frenkel)

 
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Housing Minister and former IDF Southern Commander Yoav Gallant hinted on Thursday that Israel will carry out a stronger response against Hamas in the Gaza strip.

"I do not refer to the content of the cabinet discussions, but I can say one thing very explicitly - The game is about to change. We will no longer accept the fire terror," Gallant said.

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According to the Israeli news sources, the implementation of how Israel will deal with the demonstrations by the Gaza Strip fence will begin on Friday.

The security cabinet met in the early hours of Thursday morning in Jerusalem to discuss the latest developments in the south after a rocket hit and damaged a residential home in Beersheba.

Hamas denied responsibility for the attack, but IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis stated that "Only Hamas and Islamic Jihad have these type of rockets."

Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevy said that "Hamas claims to control the Gaza Strip and tells Gazans that it is trying to improve their situation. In truth, the lack of restraint at the fence, the launching of explosive devices, incendiary balloons and rockets, are making the situation for Gaza residents worse."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman traveled to the South to hold security assessments at the IDF’s Gaza Division on Wednesday. They spoke with Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, National Security Council Director Meir Ben-Shabbat, ISA Director Nadav Argaman and senior security establishment officials.

Gallant was the only minister to make a statement after the security cabinet meeting.

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