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Bennett says Israel not seeking major military confrontation in Gaza

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett wraps up a meeting with local leaders and residents of Gaza border communities amid the ongoing fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the coastal enclave.

“Over the last day we’ve landed blows on Islamic Jihad bases and eliminated Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza and also in the Damascus area. We’re hitting them where they are and not only who is shooting at us,” Bennett says in a video statement filmed at a gas station parking lot in southern Israel.

He continues: “We don’t want a wide-scale campaign [in Gaza] but we’re preparing a plan and if there’s no choice we’ll initiate a tough campaign. We won’t notify the enemy when and won’t inform it of where.”

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett gives a video statement on fighting in the Gaza Strip, at a gas station in southern Israel, February 24, 2020. (Screen capture: Twitter)

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