Southern Command Major Tal Russo on Wednesday said the IDF's recent operations in Gaza were carried out with one purpose in mind and that was to give the residents of the south the chance to live a normal and quiet life.
Russo made the comments to President Shimon Peres during a tour of Kibbutz Erez in the Shaar HaNegev region which suffered some damage by rockets fired from Gaza during the past week.
"We operated on all fronts, air, sea and land, and we hurt Hamas badly," said Russo, adding that there was a huge gap between the political and the military sectors of Hamas. The political sector is interested in putting out fires, he said, whereas the heads of the military sector want to continue carrying out attacks.
Russo intimated that if given the order, the IDF can turn the situation around "whereby the tail wags the dog." The IDF is ready for any possibility, though its main aim is to have a quiet normal situation in the south, said Russo.