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  8/6/2012, Av 18, 5772

Barak: Intelligence and Preparedness Prevented Disaster


Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, Monday, that the level of explosives found at the scene of Sunday evening's attempt to penetrate the Kerem Shalom crossing indicates how serious an incident was prevented by the Israeli security establishment. Speaking during a visit to the scene, he said, "With the explosives brought by the little truck that was blown up at the start [of the incident] and the explosive belts that were on the six or eight terrorists that were in this armored personnel carrier, there's no doubt that their entering a community or military by surprise could have caused most serious damage. It was proven again, here that sharp intelligence, fast response and operational capability make all the difference."

Given the appraisal that this would not be the last attack attempt, Barak continued, "I hope this will be a wake-up call to the Egyptians on the need to be sharp, and efficient on their side [of the border]. The struggle here is along the length of the border - the western border, the border around Gaza - against the continuing intentions of terrorists to hit us, and I hope that we'll encounter many successes of this kind. We have to be careful about the opposite."