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Netanyahu Promises ‘Quiet’ as Rockets Explode on Negev

“…You shall smite Amalek, and you shall utterly destroy all that is his, and you shall not have pity on him” – Samuel 1, 15:3

IDF soldiers in and around a Hamas terror tunnel they discovered.

IDF soldiers in and around a Hamas terror tunnel they discovered.
Photo Credit: IDF spokesman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the country Saturday night that the offensive in Gaza will continue until Israel can sleep in peace and quiet, despite reports that the IDF already is withdrawing some ground troops and declaring victory.

In the middle of his stating that “we are at the conclusion of destroying terror tunnels,” early warning sirens of rocket fire from Gaza sounded at Kibbutz Alumim and Nahal Oz, Jewish communities adjacent to Gaza.

The Prime Minister and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon toned down reports earlier on Shabbat that the IDF is withdrawing ground troops, but their declarations of achievements and failure to directly answer pointed questions concerning terror tunnels and rocket fire clearly indicate that the government, if not the military, has decided to not to deepen the war against terror and completely wipe out the threat to Israel’s security.

“Hamas paid a heavy price,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu, explaining that its army lost hundreds of terrorists, used up or lost in aerial bombings a majority of is rocket and missile capacity, lost hundreds if not thousands of rocket launchers, and suffered the destruction of approximately three dozen terror tunnels that took years and millions of dollars to build.

Netanyahu also revealed that the IDF bombed chemical warfare facilities at Gaza City’s Islamic University.

He smothered President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with flattery, one day after the U.S. president signed his approval Friday night to a Congressional decision to transfer to Israel $225 million for Iron Dome interceptors.

“I think the United States has been terrific,” Netanyahu told the country. He praised the “untiring efforts of Secretary Kerry with whom I speak several times a day” and lauded Obama for his ”unequivocal” backing for Israel’s right to defend itself.

Listening to Prime Minister Netanyahu would lead anyone to believe that frequent reports of bitterness between Israel and the United States are pure poppycock and that the leaders of both countries are the best of pals.

“These reports are full of incorrections [sic], full of distortions and are wrong in both tone and substance,” he stated.

Believe that and you can believe that that Hamas never will be heard from again.

The prospect of a return to the failed policy of leaving the Gaza Belt communities under a threat while promising them security was glaringly evident in Netanyahu’s answer to a question from one reporter who specifically asked if the government means there are no more terror tunnels and that there will be no more rocket attacks.

Netanyahu did not give a direct answer.

“I cannot tell you what will develop, “ he said. “ We are prepared. We achieved a major operation. We will invest whatever it takes. We will not accept a continuation of rocket fire. It will take however long it will take.

Asked to respond to leaders of Gaza Belt communities who are urging a wider offensive, the Prime Minister said, “All options are on the table to secure quiet in the long term.”

The words, as usual, sound tough, but he added that one of those options is the diplomatic process. On the other hand, he did not hint of any possible agreement with Hamas. Following the kidnapping, in the middle of a supposed ceasefire on Friday, of Lt. Hadar Goldin , whom the IDF presumes was killed, it is all but written in stone that there will be no more ceasefires, which were a direct cause of the deaths of almost half the IDF fatalities in the war.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also did not state that the IDF will remain in Gaza until Goldin’s body is returned.

Shortly after the press conference, early warning sirens sounded in the Gaza Belt.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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61 Responses to “Netanyahu Promises ‘Quiet’ as Rockets Explode on Negev”

  1. Kick their asses untill nothing is left to kick! Stay strong IDF!!

  2. Ariel Lis says:

    Amalek comes from assaf not ishmai… but we should kill them anyways hahaa

  3. Skid Marks says:

    ISRAEL, DESTROY YOUR ENEMIES !

  4. John Kiguru says:

    yeah amaleks should b six feets as soon as possble

  5. John Kiguru says:

    yeah amaleks should b six feets as soon as possble

  6. Loren Renee says:

    Nobody left behind!! Where is the kidnapped IDF soldier?? No more shalits!!

  7. Madu Iyk says:

    The chosen one. The chosen generation. Show no mercy.

  8. Robert Lee says:

    Khaled Mashal is the leader of Hamas. He is modern day Haman who wanted to destroy Israel.

  9. Robert Lee says:

    Khaled Mashal is the leader of Hamas. He is modern day Haman who wanted to destroy Israel.

  10. Not pity them, Amalek ( Hamas )Destroy them, you are asked by Your G’D to do it, go do it!

  11. Not pity them, Amalek ( Hamas )Destroy them, you are asked by Your G’D to do it, go do it!

  12. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE ALL LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE ALL STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    FOREVER

  13. Ronald Raff says:

    Does anybody know the 10th commmandmetnt?? Is it practiced anymore??

  14. Glory Wu says:

    good !! kill all hamas

  15. no matter how he appeared strong and determined in words, his action revealed weakness by capitulating to pressures from Barack and Kerry. The rockets are still intact and some tunnels are not yet being neutralized.. But he wants to leave Gaza already with the job is still undone. He is a tired PM and time to go.

  16. Netanyahu needs a refresher course in Torah Study and Military history! He appears to be waffling !

  17. The US still has MIAs from Afghanistan we just got one back you can’t lose your faith in the country that he has been left behind but more IDF deaths to find him is not good either let Musad have Hamas and find him. Not all is lost as the US everyone comes home dead or alive so lets keep him alive in our hearts

  18. Lisa Kamins says:

    the problem is that Bibi is weak, and he is afraid. there are a lot of issues here, yet the biggest issue, safety of the Jewish people, must be dealt with, and he has not carried, sadly as usual, the act all the way.

  19. Edinson Mota says:

    God bless isarel in name Jesus

  20. A CUMPLIR LAS ESCRITURAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Lisa Kamins says:

    he issues and problems have to do with a weak prime minister. if this continues, and the rockets continue the government will probably fall, and we will go to elections, as we need someone stronger. one can pray and hope that HaSh-m would grace us with a wise and strong political leader.

  22. Gary Berry says:

    I don’t think we need to quote Old Testament to bring God in the way He was seen in the OT,. A God of Wrath and Terror and destroyer of people. God will however right the wrongs and protect His people.

  23. Wade Young says:

    take out every one of the camel jockeys

  24. Mary Palmer says:

    P M. NETANYAHU Is and AWESOME LEADER AND HE USED WISDOM. IN EVERTHING , HE NOT SOME HOT HEAD TRYING TO RUN THINGS ON HIS OWN , HE HAS ISRAEL AT HEART

  25. Judith Dowla says:

    The Zohar must be read and discussed to really find out what the LORD wants from each one of us. No more blood sacrifices, they do not please Him.

  26. israel should do just what SAMUEL 1 , 15 ; 3. says

  27. Jack Lincer says:

    G-d protect Israel and it’s people!

  28. Jack Lincer says:

    G-d protect Israel and it’s people!

  29. I think Gazans would rather love for Israel to get rid of Hamas the great cause of their misery and deaths who do not care for their lives for their radical cause. It is good to know about the progress and the victory of the military operation. May peace soon be achieved.

  30. I think Gazans would rather love for Israel to get rid of Hamas the great cause of their misery and deaths who do not care for their lives for their radical cause. It is good to know about the progress and the victory of the military operation. May peace soon be achieved.

  31. Vicki Spaan says:

    You have The Lord God Almighty on your side. You are guaranteed to win. Keep up the good work UDF. I am praying unceasingly for each of you, the safe return of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, and Israel. I also pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. I support Israel’s right to defend herself 100%. Please know President Obama does not represent the majority of the American people. I voted for him twice, but now regret it. Push on.

  32. Polly Dorst says:

    NO QUIET UNTIL THE TUNNELS ARE ALL GONE,, PERIOD

  33. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE ALL LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE ALL STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    FOREVER

  34. Blessed be The One Of The Hosts!!!! Go On ISRAEL!!!!

  35. Liz Smith says:

    God puts in position Whom He chooses. Men rise and fall by His hand.

  36. Liz Smith says:

    You voted twice for a smooth talker? Hope you woke up finally. You speak as a Christian, if so, you should have better discernment next time, hopefully. To many just believe whatever is told to them, need to check out and think for selves. Not trying to be cruel, just want people to wake up!

  37. Liz Smith says:

    He may be a bit tired, but he knows exactly what he is doing.

  38. Liz Smith says:

    The Innocent blood is on Hamas’ hands, not Israel. Hamas tries to keep them hostage in their homes, to use as shields. Which by the way breaks the Geneva Convention, Article 51 (7), civilian population used for shields in military operations or from attacks.

  39. Liz Smith says:

    He is not weak, you people have no clue what you are talking about. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

  40. Liz Smith says:

    He is not weak, you people have no clue what you are talking about. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

  41. Liz Smith says:

    So, what does that make you? You’re reading these posts.

  42. Vicki Spaan says:

    Liz, you are right. Yes, I was conned TWICE. I hope to make better choices next time!

  43. You SHALL smite Amalek and you SHALL utterly DESTROY ALL that is his, and you SHALL NOT HAVE PITY ON HIM -1 SAMUEL 15:3 This scripture says it all! So much for Pallywood.

  44. Lisa Kamins says:

    Liz Smith, I guess you’d like to have rockets falling on your house, threatening the lives of you, your husband, your children, your parents and grandparents, and extended family. you really have No Idea What You Are Talking about. you are surely naive and if not uninformed, inexperienced in what it is like to be terrorized for years and years.

  45. Smite all Hamas and its supporters. God bless Israel.

  46. Prophecies DEFINITELY NOT OVER!!!! NOW THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD WILL EXPERIENCE IT!!!

  47. Lisa Kamins says:

    you, madam are totally ignorant, like much of the west. if you do not like what is happening to the children, blame hamas, they use children as human shields, they come running at our soldiers with a baby in one and a gun in the other. our soldiers are not supposed to let hamas murder them just cause hamas is totally evil and make the nazis look nice. oh, and hamas uses peoples homes, schools and hospitals as military bases to store bombs and rockets and they booby trap these buildings and institutions as well, with tons of bombs to blow up our soldiers and their children. the more of their children are killed, the worse it looks for Israel. oh, and they also use old photos from syria and the slaughter going on there of the children Assad has murdered. I don’t hear you screaming about the 10′s of thousands of Syrians murdered by Assad. I don’t hear you screaming about the christian genocide going on in Iran. wake up woman, smell the coffee, actually I think you’ve burned your coffee. and the whole world, certainly the whole middle east and parts of Africa are in flames, every where kerry goes to try and fix it, he seems to make the flames go higher and greater and causes more deaths.

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