Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday that the military operation will continue in the Gaza Strip for as long as necessary and that there is currently no end in sight.
“Israel is not preparing for a ceasefire. There is currently no end date for the operation. Only when we achieve complete quiet can we talk about calm,” Gantz said during a tour of rocket-hit Ashkelon. “We will not listen to moral preaching from any organization or institution regarding our right and duty to protect the citizens of Israel.”
Gantz added that the military “has over the last hours been carrying out a series of significant attacks, we have hit commanders, important Hamas infrastructure… we have hit many hundreds of targets, high-rises are falling down, factories are collapsing, tunnels are being destroyed and commanders are being killed.
“All means and all options are on the table,” he added.
Over 1,050 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel since the outbreak of fighting on Monday evening, including some 200 on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning alone, according to the IDF, as fierce fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian terrorist group entered its third day with no signs of abating.
Read more at Times of Israel.