Netanyahu Vows To Respond to Terror Attacks

Tells Public That Intelligence Agencies Prevented 'Catastrophe'

Firm Response: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hit back after terrorists killed at least seven Israelis.
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Firm Response: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hit back after terrorists killed at least seven Israelis.

By Anshel Pfeffer and Revital Levy-Stein (Haaretz)

Published August 18, 2011.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded Thursday evening to a series of deadly terror attacks that left seven dead and dozens wounded in southern Israel, saying Israel will respond firmly “when Israeli lives are hurt.”

In a press conference to the Israeli public, Netanyahu stated that the Israeli public has witnessed an attempt to upgrade terror attacks from Sinai, and thanked the Shin Bet as well as the Israel Defense Forces for “wiping out the leaders” of the organization behind the attacks in the Gaza Strip and preventing an “even bigger catastrophe”.

Netanyahu also sent his condolences to the grieving families and hoped for a speedy recovery for the wounded.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) stated that the attacks require an Israeli response, and that Kadima will support the government’s actions.

IDF aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least six people, including senior commander in the Popular Resistance Committees, Kamal Abu Abed al-Nairab.

For more, see Haaretz.com



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