Israel Political Brief March 11, 2012: Israel on alert for attack as PM Netanyahu vows to strike Gaza terrorists

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Israel on alert for attack as Netanyahu vows to strike Gaza terrorists

Source: JTA, 3-11-12

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visits the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system in southern Israel, March 10, 2012.  ( Israeli Ministry of Defense via Flash 90 )
Israel's Iron Dome defense system near the Israeli town of Ashdod has intercepted a volley of rockets fired by terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip area, March 11, 2012.  (Flash 90)
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visits the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system in southern Israel, March 10, 2012. ( Israeli Ministry of Defense via Flash 90 )

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there — an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that the Israeli military’s targeted killing two days earlier of Zuhir Mussah Ahmed Kaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committee terrorist organization, disrupted the organizing of the attack. Rocket attacks from Gaza by the PRC and Islamic Jihad have continued into Sunday.

The prime minister commended the security and intelligence services in the airstrike that killed Kaisi and another member of the Popular Resistance Committee. The Israel Defense Forces said the two were planning a terror attack that was to take place from Sinai in the coming days.

“We have exacted from them a very high price,” he said. “Naturally we will act as necessary.”

More than 130 rockets have rained down on southern Israel since the killings, injuring eight Israeli civilians, including one severely, according to the IDF. At least 17 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 11, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech / Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Southern Israel from Gaza

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 3-11-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“Good morning.  Last Friday, an arch-terrorist who organized many attacks against the State of Israel was eliminated.  He was in the midst of planning another attack that was directed at our southern border with Egypt.  We are still on alert regarding the attack and I have ordered the closure of the road on the Egyptian border.

But there is no doubt that IDF operations have disrupted the organizing for the attack; of course, time will tell to what extent.  Naturally, this led to another round with the Popular Resistance Committees, Islamic Jihad and other groupsWe are still in the midst of this round.  The IDF is striking at them in strength.  I would like to commend this operation and the security and intelligence services.  We have exacted from them a very high price; naturally, we will act as necessary.

I must also point out that the Iron Dome system has proven itself very well and we will, of course, see to its expansion in the months and years ahead.  We will do everything in our power to expand the deployment of this system.  In the end, the strongest force at our disposal is the fortitude of the residents, of the council heads, of Israelis and of the Government.  We are taking the necessary defensive and aggressive measures and I have no doubt that with this combination, along with the necessary fortitude, we will overcome these terrorist threats around us.  Thank you.

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