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PM Vows to Destroy All Terror Tunnels ‘With or Without Cease Fire’

Gaza's terrorists tunnels will be destroyed -- all of them -- with or without a cease fire, Netanyahu promised.
Tunnel shaft discovered in a private home to a terror tunnel that leads in Gaza to ... who knows where?

Tunnel shaft discovered in a private home to a terror tunnel that leads in Gaza to ... who knows where?
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised Israelis Thursday morning the IDF would track down and destroy all the Gaza terror tunnels — and restore safety to southern Israel — “with or without a cease fire.”

The prime minister told the Security Cabinet Thursday morning that IDF soldiers have already mapped out and destroyed “dozens” of terrorist tunnels in Gaza.

The prime minister opened the meeting with praises for the troops fighting in the region, condolences for the families of those who have fallen in action, and encouragement for those recuperating from their injuries in hospitals and at home.

Netanyahu had especially high words of praise for soldiers and officers, as did Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. “Their morale is incredibly high,” noted Ya’alon.

“They are the real heroes of this story, those who are still busy with this situation.,” Gantz said. “Our troops, who understand what they have to do and who carry those orders out with unprecedented excellence.”

The meeting was brief, reviewing decisions made yesterday to intensify operations and call up 16,000 more reservists to allow the current 70,000 contingent of troops some “breathing room.”

The prime minister noted the decisions had come at a price in the international arena, but were supported at home by a wide majority of the people of Israel.

“We have destroyed dozens of tunnels and we will finish the job, with or without a cease fire. Israel won’t agree to a cease fire that does not allow the IDF to destroy every terrorist tunnel in Gaza,” he vowed.

The issue has been one that is at the forefront of southern Israeli residents’ minds: some 300,000 people have left the region for the duration, saying they fear infiltrations and terror attacks because of those tunnels.

As the ministers rose to leave, Netanyahu stopped them. “Wait a minute,” he said before ending the meeting. “I want to underline something for our troops, for the media and for the public: Every single soldier is precious to us – every single one,” the prime minister emphasized. “They are on our minds constantly. We think about every single one.”

Meanwhile, it has also been a busy morning in Gaza for the IDF.

Cooperation between ground and air forces has proved to be a major advantage in dealing with terrorists in urban warfare. Paratroopers spotted a cell of five terrorists moving in their area; transmitting that information to pilots in the skies, an IAF aircraft targeted the squad and confirmed the hit.

IDF combat forces identified a terrorist climbing out of a tunnel shaft in northern Gaza on Thursday morning. The troops engaged the terrorist and killed him.

Givati Brigade fighters also killed a terrorist who was spotted firing an anti-tank missile at IDF soldiers in southern Gaza.

Since midnight, terrorists have fired 16 missiles and rockets at Israel; 10 have reached Israeli territory.

While the security cabinet was meeting, a Grad Katyusha missile exploded in an open area on the outskirts of Be’er Sheva.

Over the past 24 hours, 37 IDF soldiers and two civilians have been admitted to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon with a range of injuries. Eight of the soldiers were listed in serious condition, seven in fair condition and the rest are listed in good condition.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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44 Responses to “PM Vows to Destroy All Terror Tunnels ‘With or Without Cease Fire’”

  1. Sobriety Jon says:

    This issue is not just Israel and palestine.it concerns the whole world

  2. Sobriety Jon says:

    In nigeria is been a hell of stories of terrorist wreck.men dress like women to attack schools

  3. Lilia Ursos says:

    Yesss! Do it IDF. God is with you and protect you and GIVE you success. God bless Israel and Bibi!

  4. Lilia Ursos says:

    Yesss! Do it IDF. God is with you and protect you and GIVE you success. God bless Israel and Bibi!

  5. Lilia Ursos says:

    Yesss! Do it IDF. God is with you and protect you and GIVE you success. God bless Israel and Bibi!

  6. Thats great sir,its a Must coz its dangerous…

  7. Sobriety Jon says:

    Our media is not helping they dont want people to be afraid and resort to counter reprisals

  8. Sobriety Jon says:

    If our media says 50 were dead then just double it by three times to get the real figure

  9. for the safe of esrael civilian and also for their city

  10. Praying for you, Israel always!

  11. Praying for you, Israel always!

  12. Praying for you, Israel always!

  13. God will be there for you…..be victorious!

  14. Finally no more light at the end of the tunnel !

  15. I agree Mr PM. God bless the Nation of Israel.

  16. Andy Rossell says:

    That’s what I want to hear , long live Israel.

  17. Deb Hoc says:

    Stand up for god

  18. THAT’S RIGHT MR PM LONG LIVE ISRAEL♡♡♡

  19. Amen and stay the course destroy Israel’s enemies

  20. Go israel go..god is with you…

  21. Agree! do it God bles israel.

  22. This list is of bombings Hamas and Palestinians carried out against Israel. This does not included stabbings, shootings and physical attacks. The Palestinians voted for Hamas in Gaza. They chose terrorism.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_suicide_attacks

  23. Carol Tiley says:

    God Bless Israel!

  24. More lives have been sacrificed for this noble cause. This mission must be finished once and for all otherwise there will be more lives again to be sacrificed as pawns in the near future. This is for the welfare of everyone especially the people in Gaza, they should be liberated from this terror cause.

  25. it needs an overall approach takes a day

  26. Victor De says:

    Yes yes Yes Yes Yes

  27. For a beginning. How about the ENDING?

  28. Leo Nathan says:

    thats the objective

  29. Leo Nathan says:

    thats the objective

  30. Leo Nathan says:

    thats the objective

  31. Uzi Kattan says:

    Destroy Ham’Ass completely not only the tunnels.

  32. Karen Bryant says:

    I love Netenyahu’s commitment to his country’s safety. In my prayers for wisdom and strength.

  33. Amen. MR. PM. WIPE ALL OF YOUR ENEMIES OUT. WE ARE WITH YOU.God bless you and Israel. Victory in JESUS.

  34. Amen. MR. PM. WIPE ALL OF YOUR ENEMIES OUT. WE ARE WITH YOU.God bless you and Israel. Victory in JESUS.

  35. Kathy Kupfer says:

    How will they find them all.

  36. Anna Cammett says:

    IT SHOULD BE DONE! BENY< WE ARE WITH YOU IN THIS!!!

  37. Anna Cammett says:

    IT SHOULD BE DONE! BENY< WE ARE WITH YOU IN THIS!!!

  38. Now that is a leader

  39. Now that is a leader

  40. Uzi Biton says:

    בסקר שנערך היום מקבל הליכוד 30 מנדטים ….מיסתבר שרוב עם ישראל בשלב זה עוד לא הבין שהליכוד נכשל בכל התחומים – בתחום הביטחוני : הליכוד שיושב בהנהגה כבר 7 שנים לא פתר את בעית המינהרות או איום הטילים הגובר, לא תחת ברק כשר ביטחון ולא תחת בוגי שהיה שר האסטרטגיה ……לפני שהפך להיות שר הביטחון.
    בתחום הכלכלי : מעל 60% מאזרחי המדינה חיים במינוס בבנק , מיסים עולים מחירי הדיור עולים הארנונה עולה והאזרח הקטן שמשלם כאן על הכל נישחק כל פעם יותר.
    בתחום המדיני : מדינת ישראל ממשיכה במדיניות של הפועל של אמריקה, במקום לנצל את הלובי החזק היהודי ואת האהדה הגדולה בסנאט והקונגרס האמריקאי – ישראל משליכה את יהבה על נשיא אנטישמי שקרן שרק אתמול הוגשה תביעה משפטית נגדו על יד הריפובליקנים – על ישראל היה מזמן לחזק את היחסים העיסקיים והביטחוניים עם רוסיה סין קנדה אנגליה וגרמניה למיקרה שהנשיא האמריקאי יפנה לנו את הגב כמו שקורה עכשיו.
    בתחום הביטחון הלאומי -: ארץ ישראל כולה הפכה להפקר מוחלט באחריות השר אהרונוביץ שליחו של ליברמן הקשקשן שהפקיר לגמרי את הר הבית יהודה ושומרון הנגב ואת אזרחי המדינה להמון ערבי משולהב ע”י הפחדנות וההססנות של כל ממשלת הליכוד והשר .
    אם זה נותן לליכוד 30 מנדטים צריך להתכונן בהתאם כל אחד לעצמו לפי מה שטוב ובטוח לו ולמשפחתו.
    אני מאמין שתושבי עוטף עזה יעזבו ברובם את עריהם ואת הקיבוצים למרכז ולצפון.
    הטילים ימשיכו כל פעם במינון אחר ועם אחראי אחר כדי לברוח מאחריות – ממשלת ישראל תענה בשקט הבלגה ובסוף תצא למיבצע נוסף כל פעם עם יותר הרוגים ויותר נזק כלכלי וניפגעים לעורף.
    חיזבאללה תתקוף מצפון גם אם לא בשם החיזבאללה יש להם מספיק חולירות שיקחו אחריות על טיל פה קטיושות שם.
    ישראל שוב תופתע מטילים חכמים יותר ומסוכנים יותר ומינהרות עמוקות יותר בדרום בצפון ומיהודה ושומרון לתוך מרכזי אוכלוסיה רגישים ביותר.
    דאעש יגיעו לכאן זה רק עיניין של זמן …
    מיצטער שלא יכול לתת לכם תחזיות ורודות יותר.
    בתפילה לקדוש ברוך הוא שיציל אותנו ויתן חוכמה למקבלי ההחלטות שם בממשלת ישראל .

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