Barak to troops: Hamas will pay for attacks

Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Hamas on Monday that it would suffer the consequences for its continued attacks against Israel and IDF soldiers.
“Hamas will carry on paying the price if it continues to destabilize Israel,” said Barak on a visit to the Gaza Division. “The IDF exists to protect Israel’s borders and extract a high price from those trying to attack it. It is a painful price.”
Barak spoke with Golani Battalion 12, which lost two soldiers in the weekend’s clashes with Hamas in Gaza.
“Freedom is only given to those prepared to defend it,” he told the troops. “We can now celebrate Pesach in the country while the bereaved families mourn, only because you are deployed along Israel’s borders, trained and prepared…Nothing stops a Golani Battalion from performing its missions against all challenges.”
Barak also visited the Peretz family, mourning its son Eliraz, killed in the clash with Hamas. “Your strength sets an example for the nation of . The family shows an extraordinary devotion. The entire nation is with you in your loss.”
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