Daily Israel Report

Defense Minister: Search Operation Not Limited in Time or Range

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon vows IDF will hunt down kidnappers, can reach Hamas leaders 'any time and any place'.
By Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/17/2014, 8:45 PM

Soldiers coordinating search for missing teens
Soldiers coordinating search for missing teens
Flash 90

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon took part in a situation assessment meeting today with officers from the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

"Our main effort is to reach the hostages and the abductors, and we will not rest until this happens," he told reporters afterwards. "We are continuing the operational and intelligence effort, in a complex operation that is not limited in locations and in time, as far as we are concerned, and this requires much patience."

"Large scale forces are operating on the ground in order to continue the search, and at the same time, to carry out arrests of Hamas men and damage the organization's infrastructure in Judea and Samaria."

"Hamas in Judea and Samaria will pay a very heavy price following the abduction," Yaalon stated. "We will place our hands on the abductors and we will know how to reach the heads of Hamas at any location and at any time. We will not compromise on the security of the citizens of Israel, and we will know how to take action with determination, responsibility and forethought."

"I wish to strengthen the hands of the Sha'ar, Frenkel and Yifrah families at these difficult hours," he added. "Our heart is with them. I want to strengthen the fighters and commanders of the IDF, the members of the Israel Police and Border police and the ISA people operating on the ground."