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Bennett at Gaza border: We will operate when it suits us

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pays a visit to IDF soldiers stationed near Gaza, on August 17, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pays a visit to IDF soldiers stationed near Gaza, on August 17, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

During a visit to soldiers in the IDF Gaza Division, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says Israel will carry out operations on its own terms.

“We will operate at a time, place and conditions that suit us, and not anyone else,” Bennett says during the visit alongside Defense Minister Benny Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi.

The prime minister says Hamas is ultimately responsible for any rocket fire out of Gaza, “not rebels and not anyone else — just Hamas.” He says the purpose of his visit is “to see that the IDF, the Southern Command and the Gaza Division are prepared — and they are indeed properly prepared. Our mission is to provide long-term security for the residents of the south and the residents of the Gaza envelope area.”

Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets from the Gaza Strip toward the town of Sderot yesterday afternoon in what appeared to be the first such attack since May’s 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the IDF said. Some officials in the Gaza envelope area have criticized the government for not immediately responding to the rocket fire.

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