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Gallant to sailors: No backing off ‘lethal’ ground offensive in Gaza

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

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks with Israeli Navy sailors of the 916th Patrol Squadron at the Ashdod naval base, October 23, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/ Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks with Israeli Navy sailors of the 916th Patrol Squadron at the Ashdod naval base, October 23, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/ Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant vows that Israel will carry out a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying it will be a “lethal” attack.

After touring an area near the Gaza coastline with the Israeli Navy, Gallant told forces that they should “keep remaining prepared for the offensive because it will come,” his office says.

“We are preparing thoroughly. It will be a lethal attack. It will be a combined attack from land, sea, and air,” he said.

“Do your job, get ready, we will deploy you,” Gallant added.

The statement is released shortly after the army indicated it was chomping at the bit for the order to invade and complained that soldiers could not remain at the border at full readiness indefinitely.

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