Israel’s Defense Minister: “We Are Aware of Dangers, Difficulties and Victims”

The decision to undertake a ground operation was made with the knowledge that soldiers would be at risk, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said several hours after ground troops began an incursion into the Gaza Strip.

From the Jerusalem Post

 

“We know there will be dangers, difficulties and victims… It must be said that the ground operation entails dangers to the lives of soldiers,” Barak said in a press conference early Saturday night.

Barak opened by explaining to the public the need for Israel to proceed with the second stage of Operation Cast Lead, saying that he had made it clear from the very beginning of the maneuver that he intended to expand operations.

The decision to widen the operation, he said, was made following “intensive consideration” and after “every possible scenario was examined… We must end the hostile actions against Israel,” Barak insisted. “We will not abandon our citizens,” he said.

“I know very well what dangers are involved in every offensive as well as what the potential heavy price we can pay is. I take full responsibility. This will not be easy. This will not be short,” Barak said.

The minister expressed his gratitude to the residents of the south, the cities’ mayors, police forces, firefighters and the Shin Bet. He acknowledged his faith in the senior IDF command, specifically IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, saying that there was indeed “who to trust.”

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Israel infantry soldiers gather on the border just before leaving ... 
Israel infantry soldiers gather on the border just before leaving Israel for the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a much anticipated ground offensive in a widening war on Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Israeli security officials said the operation is likely to go on for several days, but that the objective is not to reoccupy Gaza.(AP Photo/Yossi Aloni)

2 Responses to “Israel’s Defense Minister: “We Are Aware of Dangers, Difficulties and Victims””

  1. warcrimestv Says:

    Israel has decided to risk it, lets see what they get out of it.

  2. touchmenot Says:

    What will Israel get out of it?? Check a book written over 2000 yrs ago. The prophecies made in that book have all come been coming true. Israel will remain as a nation. Israel is the nation spoke of in the Old Testament. Israel was born in a day. People should read the Bible which is the Book I referred to. Israel will not be destroyed. Palestine was never a country. It was started out of the Belford Accord. Israel is the Jewish homeland, they have a pure language and Jewish people are returning from all over the world. Again just as the Bible prophesied. I hope people will read the Bible and learn about all of this before it is to late. This is my opinion.

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