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Operation Protective Edge to Ensure 'Zero Rockets on Israel'

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett praises public, IDF for efforts - but adds that 'defense does not win wars.'
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/9/2014, 2:15 PM

IAF strike on target in Rafah, Gaza, 8th June 2014
IAF strike on target in Rafah, Gaza, 8th June 2014
Reuters

Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett stated Wednesday that Operation Protective Edge would continue for as long as necessary - until the IDF has ensured a definitive end to rockets on the State of Israel. 

"The IDF has been gearing up in recent days," Bennett said. "The Israeli Air Force, led by the Security Cabinet, has dealt a painful blow to Hamas - its tunnels, its headquarters, its ammunition depots, its terrorists and its commanders." 

The Jewish Home Chairman mentioned the elimination of Hamas leaders Ahmed Yassin, Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, and Ahmed Jabari, adding "I declare to the [remaining] Hamas terrorist commanders - we'll get to you as well." 

According to Bennett, the Israeli public has found an inner well of resilience, as rockets fall from Be'er Sheva to Tel Aviv, Hadera to Jerusalem.

"The public has told political leaders, 'we are strong and willing to take it, you get the job done," he said. "The goal we set for ourselves: zero missiles fired at Israel." 

Bennett praised the operators of the Iron Dome missile defense system across the country, which has displayed "extraordinary results" in repelling missiles fired at Israel.

"However, I should say this clearly," he qualified. "Defense does not win wars. We have defined our goal as having zero rockets fired on Israel and we will act to actualize it."

Bennett's remarks echo an assessment from Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Wednesday, in which he praised the success of the operation so far and stated that IDF efforts are set to expand. 

"We continue with strikes that draw a very heavy price from Hamas," Ya'alon stated. "We are destroying weapons, terror infrastructures, command and control systems, Hamas institutions, regime buildings, the houses of terrorists, and killing terrorists of various ranks of command." 

The minister stressed that the operational activities will continue and expand, and called on Israeli citizens to stay patient as the IAF conducts more airstrikes.  

"We will continue to hit Hamas and other terror groups in the (Gaza) Strip with heavy blows from the air, from the sea and from the ground so as to ensure the security of Israeli citizens," Ya'alon declared. "The campaign against Hamas will expand in the coming days, and the price the organization will pay will be very heavy."