Barak: IDF won't tolerate rocket attacks from Gaza

Defense minister says third Iron Dome battery to be installed within weeks, states that gov't would allow Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 21, 2011 18:29
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Barak with IDF soldiers at Iron Dome

Barak with IDF soldiers at Iron Dome_311. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Hours after an IDF strike on terror cells in the Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday that rocket attacks emanating from Gaza would not be tolerated and issued a strong warning to terrorists planning attacks.

"There is a very good chance that those who fire rockets at Israel will have their heads separated from their bodies by precise aerial strikes," Barak said.

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The defense minister said, "The IDF is actively thwarting terror attacks at this time," and any participation to maintain security in the area would be welcomed, even a "reinforcement of Egyptian soldiers in the [Sinai] peninsula" which has effectively been ruled out since the 1978 Camp David Accords between the two countries.

Perhaps trying to make good on tense relations that developed between Cairo and Jerusalem after the death of Egyptian security forces last Thursday, Barak said that "relations with Egypt are important," adding appreciation for Egypt's "devotion to the peace treaty and to international agreements."

The defense minister made the comments while touring an Iron Dome anti-rocket defense battery in the South, and announced that within weeks a third Iron Dome battery would be installed in the region, and estimated that nine more batteries would be positioned within the next two years.

The defense minister said that rocket attacks in the last few days in which more than 100 rockets were fired in the span of only a few days had been a "test, and were likely to continue."


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