GAZA, Dec 27 (KUNA) - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday
that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will deepen and widen its offensive in
the Gaza Strip as much as needed.
Barak also vowed during an afternoon in a press conference that it's "time
to fight," adding that "tough times lay ahead."
The Israeli minister explained "there is a time for cease-fires and a time
to fight, and now is the time to fight," Barak said.
"For months the IDF and security forces have been preparing for the
operation that began today," Barak added.
The Israeli official stated that Israel had not intended to allow Hamas to
continue to fire rockets into Israel without responding.
The minister warned that "tough times lay ahead," adding that "It won't be
easy and won't be quick."
"We must be resolute," rocket attacks were expected to continue and to
increase during the operation, he added. (end)
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