IDF commander: 'Hamas is feeling the hits and getting the message'

Head of the Central Command says the IDF is focused on finding the kidnapped boys and weakening Hamas; says Hamas will come out of this operation weaker than before.

By
June 17, 2014 19:08
1 minute read.
Nitzan Alon

Head of the central command Nitzan Alon. (photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)

 
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 uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • 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 Don't show it again

The head of the IDF's Central Command spoke today regarding the Operation Brother's Keeper, not far from where the kidnapping took place.

Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon said they are in the middle of a complicated operation to catch the terrorists behind the kidnapping, while simultaneously working to find the kidnapped boys and bring them home.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"We are fighting a Hamas, a cruel terror organization in this is a complicated situation. [The fight against Hamas] didn't start today and it's not going to end anytime soon," he said.

Alon said the IDF has 10 brigades and special forces working to attack Hamas at all its ranks.

"The heads of Hamas are feeling the hits and getting the message. Hamas is going to come out of this operation weaker," Alon said in closing. 


Alon spoke on the fifth day of Operation Brothers's Keeper, a thousand soldiers launched raids in Nablus's Balata and Awarta areas. A total of 200 suspects have been arrested since the start of the operation.



In addition to the arrests, soldiers on Tuesday seized guns, explosives, and grenades. A security source said a large quantity of weapons was recovered during the arrests, describing the raids as a large-scale counter-terrorism clean-up operation.



Ya'akov Lappin contributed to this story.


Related Content

Abu Ubaida
August 28, 2014
Media are Hamas’s main strategic weapons, says visiting US historian

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL