• Israel’s Prime Minister says, ‘IDF is prepared to act strongly on all fronts’.
• Defense Minister Ya’alon says, ‘we will respond forcefully and with determination’.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Israel’s opponents in the north to take the summer war with Gaza as an example of the magnitude of IDF retaliation for Wednesday attack, which saw Hezbollah forces wound four IDF soldiers in an attack on northern Israel.
“At this moment, the IDF is responding to events in the north. To everyone who is trying to challenge us at the northern border, I recommend for them look what happened there, not far from the city of Sderot, in Gaza. Hamas took its hardest hit since its formation and the IDF is prepared to act strongly on all fronts,” Netanyahu said at a ceremony in the southern city of Sderot.
Four IDF soldiers were wounded along Israel’s border with Lebanon Wednesday noon after Hezbollah fire hit Israel. Meanwhile, residents of the north were told to stay indoors.
Mortars later hit Mt. Hermon in an attack which Hezbollah says is a response to the IDF’s attack in Syria, which in turn was also a response to rockets fired by Hezbollah at Israel from Syria on Tuesday.
The attack took place near the Har-Dov area, in proximity to the Arab village of Ghajar. The IDF is looking into the possibility that the missile shooting was part of a hijacking attempt.
“We will not tolerate any firing towards Israeli territory or violation of our sovereignty and we will respond forcefully and with determination,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in a statement after IAF warplanes attacked Syrian military targets shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
The air strike on targets in areas under the control of Syrian President Bashar Assad sent a clear message, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.
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