Netanyahu responds to Beersheva attack: ‘Israel will take very strong action’

October 18, 2018 by JNS
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed “strong action” in response to a rocket attack from Gaza on Wednesday which smashed a home in Beersheva, Israel’s third-largest city.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the IDF Gaza Division on Oct. 17, 2018. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom

“I have just finished an assessment with the heads of the IDF, and the security establishment senior leadership,” the prime minister said at the Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza Division headquarters. “Israel views with utmost gravity the attacks against it on the fence, on the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, on Beersheva—everywhere. I said, at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, that if these attacks do not stop—we will stop them.”

Netanyahu added, “I want to tell you today as well [that] Israel will take very strong action.”

Israel, which holds Hamas responsible for any rocket attacks from Gaza, has already responded with Israeli Air Force jets destroying 20 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror targets, including underground and undersea terror cells, rocket-manufacturing sites and Hamas military bases.

The IDF also fired on a terror cell that was about to launch additional rockets towards Israel. Three Gazans were reportedly wounded.