Benny Gantz 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Two Qassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in the Sha'ar Hanegev farming region in the south on Tuesday evening. One rocket slammed into a storage house adjacent to a kindergarten in a kibbutz. A structure sustained damage in the attack, though fortunately there were no injuries. A second projectile fell in open territory.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.
Earlier on Tuesday, IDF Chief of
General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee that the IDF will be forced to launch an offensive if rocket attacks from the
Gaza Strip continue to be launched into southern Israel. He added that Israel must take the initiative.
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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."
Gantz told Knesset committee that along the southern border with Egypt, the army has increased its preparations
in light of increased terror threats coming
from the Sinai Peninsula.
The IDF's role along the
western part of the Israeli-Egyptian border, Gantz said, has changed
from being prepared to deal with infiltrators to now being
prepared for terrorism.
Discussing the ongoing
construction of a fence along the Egyptian border, the IDF chief told committee members that 30 contractors are employing
400 workers to accelerate construction of the fence. Seventy kilometers
have already been built, and Gantz said he gave orders that the fence be completed by the end of next year.Jpost.com staff contributed to this report