Bennett after Gaza rocket attack: Israel will choose time and place to respond

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Bennett after Gaza rocket attack: Israel will choose time and place to respond
PM Naftali Bennett, Benny Gantz survey IDF Gaza area forces * Qatari aid to enter Gaza soon, possibly through United Nations
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, LAHAV HARKOV
AUGUST 17, 2021

The IDF is prepared to act against Hamas when the time is right, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned, during a visit to the IDF’s Gaza Division on Tuesday, the day after a Hamas rocket attack. “We will act at the time, place and in conditions that suit us, and not anyone else,” Bennett said. “As far as we’re concerned, Hamas is to blame, not rebels or anyone else but Hamas. “Our mission is to bring long-term security to the residents of the South and the Gaza envelope,” the prime minister stated. Bennett added that he saw on his visit that the Gaza Division and Southern Command are “appropriately prepared.”

Defense Minister Benny Gantz added that “Israel is determined to defend itself and will know how to do it.” Israel’s only interests“ are quiet, security and the return of our boys, home,” a reference to civilian captives Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, as well as the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, whom Hamas has held since 2014.

more.............. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/g...we-are-not-enemies-of-the-gazan-people-676961
 

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TV: Israel not responding to Gaza rocket due to progress in talks with Hamas
Reported deal could see Qatar funds enter Strip, return of abducted Israels, Channel 12 says; earlier, PM Bennett vowed to respond ‘on our terms’
By Emanuel Fabian
17 August 2021

Israel has so far avoided responding militarily to a rocket fired from Gaza on Monday, due to sensitive ongoing negotiations with Hamas that have the potential to reach a breakthrough, Channel 12 news reported on Tuesday. According to the report, which did not cite a source, there is a possibility of a deal that will allow Qatari funds to enter Gaza and could include the release of Israelis being held by Hamas.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz held meetings at the Israel Defense Forces Gaza Division earlier in the day. According to the network, IDF intelligence officials and the Shin Bet told the pair that they believe a chance must be given for talks to succeed. The report said that the rocket fired on the previous day was launched by Islamic Jihad members. Hamas quickly arrested them and then conveyed to Israel that it was not behind the rocket fire and was not interested in an escalation, it said.

more............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/day-a...outh-pm-bennett-vows-to-respond-on-our-terms/
 
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