IDF opens major assault on Islamic Jihad in Gaza, kills commander, deploys Iron Dome

Lapid, Gantz: We won’t allow terror groups to dictate agenda for Israeli border towns

Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz issue a joint statement regarding the military’s airstrikes in the Gaza Strip against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

“The Israeli government will not allow terrorist organizations to set the agenda in towns near the Gaza Strip and threaten the citizens of Israel,” Lapid says.

“Anyone who seeks to harm Israel must know that we will get to them. Security forces will act against Islamic Jihad terrorists, to remove the threat from the citizens of Israel,” he adds.

“The task is to protect Israeli towns and the citizens of Israel. We will not allow anyone to threaten or harm the citizens of Israel. Whoever tries, will be hit,” Gantz says.

The pair will hold another assessment at the IDF’s headquarters in Tel Aviv at 6:30 p.m., Lapid’s office says.