Security Cabinet Convenes and makes Series of Operational Decisions
The 37th Government
The Security Cabinet convened this evening and made a series of operational decisions, the goal of which is to achieve the destruction of the military and governing capabilities of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in a way that will preclude their ability and willingness to threaten and attack the citizens of Israel for many years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded the discussion and said:
"We are embarking on a long and difficult war that was forced on us by a murderous Hamas attack.
The first stage is ending at this time by the destruction of the vast majority of the enemy forces that infiltrated our territory. At the same time, we have begun the offensive phase, which will continue with neither limitations nor respite until the objectives are achieved.
We will restore security to the citizens of Israel and we will win."
Among the decisions made by the Security Cabinet is halting the supply of electricity, fuel and goods.