IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said that all the objectives laid out ahead of Operation Pillar of Defense were met successfully during the eight days of fighting. Gantz made the statement while visiting wounded soldiers at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, on Friday.

“In its entirety, the operation was coordinated with the upper echelon. We knew what we wanted to achieve and how we wanted to act,” said Gantz. “All the operation’s objectives were successfully met.”

“As the days pass and the dust settles, the other side will realize the price it paid for its actions,” the IDF chief said, adding that people should not get worked up over “the various demonstrations” being held by Hamas and its supporters hailing victory. “The results will speak for themselves,” said Gantz.

Gantz thanked all those who participated in the operation. “We have a strong military, excellent defense capabilities and a stalwart public. I am certain the future will prove this,” he said.

Earlier Friday, friends and family members attended the funeral of reserve officer Boris Yarmolnik, 28, who died from wounds suffered from an explosion caused by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

Reserve soldiers who were called up last week to take part in the Gaza operation were released to go home on Thursday and Friday.

The Cabinet unanimously voted on Friday to rescind the home front’s emergency status condition. The ministers reportedly voted on the measure in a phone referendum.