Security cabinet meeting on Gaza tensions ends after five and a half hours

Additional Iron Dome battery to be installed near Beersheba.

By ARIK BENDER/MAARIV, YANIR COZIN/MAARIV, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 18, 2018 03:11
2 minute read.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff Eizenkot and

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff Eizenkot and others at urgent security cabinet meeting, Aug 9 2018. (photo credit: ARIEL HERMONI / DEFENSE MINISTRY)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The security cabinet met in Jerusalem for about five and a half hours to discuss the latest developments in the south after yesterday's rocket hit in Beersheba. At the same time, Hamas issued a warning that if Israel attacked targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, they would respond "quickly and immediately."

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."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"We have attacked significant targets this morning, including weapon production facilities, headquarters and outposts, as well as ground infrastructure," Halevy added. "Everything we attacked was destroyed. It will be very difficult to rehabilitate, and the IDF is ready and preparing itself for future scenarios. We will know how to respond to every scenario. "

Earlier today, Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman traveled to the South to hold security assessments at the IDF’s Gaza Division. 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.
'Game change' coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says, October 18, 2018 (Yoav Frenkel)

“Israel views with utmost gravity the attacks against it on the [southern border] fence, on the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, in Beersheba – everywhere,” Netanyahu said after the meeting.“I want to tell you today that Israel will take very strong action,” he added.

Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamal canceled his planned visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah in light of the rocket attack that hit Beersheba last night, and the growing tension in the south. Kamal was supposed to arrive in the region as part of efforts to promote talks between Hamas and Israel and try to reduce the heat. The Egyptian delegation that was present in the Gaza Strip also stopped the talks and left through the Erez crossing.

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan stated in the Knesset plenum in response to a query if an additional Iron Dome battery is expected to be installed in Beersheba in the next few days, that this may still be done tonight. The query arose in the wake of criticism of the current defense situation in the capital of the Negev.

Anna Ahronheim and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report. 



Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Israeli F16 stationed next to flags of participating nations
November 17, 2018
Meet the new ambassadors

By GREER FAY CASHMAN