IDF chief: Gaza war against Hamas was an ‚excellent‘ operation

28.12.2011                      02.Tewet. 5772                       Channuka 8

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IDF chief: Gaza war against Hamas was an 'excellent' operation

Second round of fighting in Gaza is not a matter of choice for Israel; it must be initiated by Israel and must be 'swift and painful', Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz says.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz marked the three-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead on Tuesday by hailing it "an excellent operation that achieved deterrence for Israel vis-a-vis Hamas". However, he warned, cracks have emerged in that deterrence over time, and a second round of fighting in the Gaza Strip is not a matter of choice for Israel.
Such a round must be initiated by Israel and must be "swift and painful," he said, adding, "I do not advise Hamas to test our mettle."…