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Minister: We’re not prepared to be held hostage by a Gaza terror group

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked attends a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, June 12, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked attends a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, June 12, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks to Channel 12 news.

“We don’t know how this [conflict] will play out… but this could take time… This could be a lengthy round [of conflict] and a hard one.”

She says Islamic Jihad “sought to bring life to a standstill in Gaza-border communities and we were not prepared to allow this to happen.”

The government decided “we are not prepared to be held hostage by a Gaza terror group,” she adds.

She notes that Israel is only targeting Islamic Jihad at this time, as Jerusalem apparently tries to keep the fighting limited to that terror group.

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