PM speaks with northern, southern mayors after rocket fire

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on April 2, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Pool/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on April 2, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Pool/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with mayors and leaders of communities in southern Israel and northern Israel, vowing to restore calm amid a tense period, his office says.

“This challenging time for our security, our enemies were mistaken by thinking that the citizens of Israel are not united behind the IDF,” Netanyahu tells the officials, according to a statement.

“We are all united behind the security of the country and will do everything to ensure calm and security for us all,” he says.

Netanyahu thanks the mayors and community leaders for their citizens’ “steadfastness” amid rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and Syria in recent days, his office adds.

According to Channel 12, he also said that “the last word has not been said” as regards the escalation and Israel’s response, without elaborating.

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