Israel is not seeking escalation in violence, say defense officials

By REUTERS
November 1, 2013 13:31

Following clashes between IDF soldiers and Hamas on the Gaza border overnight, that resulted in five soldiers hurt and four killed Palestinian terrorists, the head of Israel's southern command, Sami Turgeman, indicated on Friday afternoon that Israel was not seeking an escalation in violence.

"Quiet will be answered with quiet. An attack will draw be a painful response," he told reporters while visiting the injured soldiers at the hospital.

Senior Israeli defense official Amos Gilad told Israel Radio on Friday he did not expect the latest round of violence to lead to an escalation along the border.

"As far as I can tell from Hamas, they are deeply deterred [by Israel] and I estimate that quiet will return," he said.


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