Sami Turgeman, the IDF’s Southern Command chief overseeing Operation Protective Edge, says the IDF is “preparing to intensify the action.”
“The enemy has more rockets; more of them and more of the terrorist infrastructure will be hit,” he says. With regard to a ground incursion, he says: “We are preparing all the capabilities, and will utilize them as needed.”
Speaking at a press conference, Turgeman says the IDF has “attacked hundreds of targets,” to the point that “the results Hamas finds when it comes out of hiding will surprise it.”
“When Hamas activists emerge from the tunnels in which they’ve been hiding, they’ll see the ruin they have brought upon themselves and upon Gaza,” he says.
“I see Hamas hiding from our attacks. But we are chasing its members, and finding them.”
Turgeman adds that he is certain that “in the coming days we will achieve security and quiet,” and dismisses fears that progress is not being made.
“I don’t consider that we are treading water; I see that we are utilizing power,” he says.