Daily Israel Report

MK Yogev: Hit Back 'Very Hard' over Missiles

Bayit Yehudi MK says the response must be immediate, but IDF says Katyushas were "an isolated incident."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/22/2013, 9:00 PM

MK Moti Yogev
MK Moti Yogev
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi), a colonel in the IDF reserves and former commander of an elite unit, said Thursday that Israel's response to missile fire from Lebanon on Israel civilians must be swift and strong.

"We cannot remain without a response, because that is what they understand on the other side,” Yogev said. “The response must be very strong, so that the other side will not have any will to continue the escalation.”

MK Yogev said, however, that the IDF response needs to be focused on those who carried out the attack.

“Unfortunately," he said, "since the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah has armed itself and has acquired tens of thousands of missiles. One day, it seems, we will have to have an unpleasant confrontation with this threat, but we will have to set clear goals for defeating it, for the security of all of the residents of the north and of Israel.”

The IDF Spokesman denied Lebanese reports that said the IAF had carried out attacks in retaliation for the missile fire. The Spokesman said the IDF sees the attack as an "isolated incident."