Defense minister says Israel wants calm but won’t hesitate to crack down on terror

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks to reporters after an assessment at the IDF's West Bank headquarters, January 29, 2023. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks to reporters after an assessment at the IDF's West Bank headquarters, January 29, 2023. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, speaking after an assessment at the military’s West Bank headquarters, says Israel seeks calm but will not hesitate to act against terror.

“Every terrorist will either go to court or to the cemetery,” Gallant says to reporters.

“We will enact offensive and proactive actions against those who try to harm our children,” he says.

“Anyone who helps the terrorists will be harmed. If it is necessary we will destroy their houses. We will deprive them of their rights. If necessary, we will expel them,” Gallant adds.

“We will not allow our blood to be spilled. We will do what is necessary to bring them to justice,” he continues.

“At the same time, we want to calm the area down. This means that anyone who behaves well will be able to work and make a living. We want a better future for the Palestinian population, for anyone who behaves according to the law,” he adds.

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