Netanyahu says preparing for possible multifront escalation
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says in light of the aggression on Gaza that an escalation could take place on numerous fronts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday raised the possibility of a multifront escalation in occupied Palestine in the wake of the Israeli aggression on Gaza.
Netanyahu told a press conference that he gave directions last week to target the resistance leaders responsible for the launching of rockets toward Israeli settlements. "We are at the height of battle, and we need a lot of patience in the days to come."
Furthermore, the premier underlined that he issued orders for the IOF to prepare themselves for a multifront escalation.
"The battle is not over yet, and rockets can be launched" at any time at any point, Israeli Security Minister Yoav Gallant said. "The security establishment is prepared for any scenario."
"We can carry out an operation similar to the one we carried out in any arena," Gallant said. "The security establishment is prepared for a lengthy battle," he added.
The assassination has been on the drawing board for some time, "and we waited for the opportune moment," Israeli Chief-of-Staff Herzi Halevi said. He added that the Israeli occupation would escalate as much as necessary.
"We are before several days of fighting with the firing of rockets at Southern and Central Gaza," Israeli Channel 13 reported.
The Israeli occupation forces also announced that they have called up 10,000 reservists to service in light of the security situation in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli media reported that "Israel" would not be able to wait for the PIJ's response for a long time and may continue to attack Gaza, noting that the PIJ was "purposefully delaying its response."
Additionally, Makor Rishon military affairs expert Noam Amir reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Security Minister Yoav Gallant held an extraordinary meeting with the chief of staff and the head of the Shin Bet, noting that their main point of concern was whether Hamas would join the confrontation.
Maariv reported that Netanyahu announced at the security meeting that "the army is preparing for a multifront war."
Israeli media said the Israeli occupation closed the airspace to air traffic within a 10-kilometer radius around the Gaza Strip while deploying the Iron Dome system in southern occupied Palestine.
This comes after the Israeli occupation forces conducted air raids on Tuesday on the Gaza Strip, which left 13 Palestinian martyrs and many injured.
After the warplanes bombed the blockaded Strip, the Israeli government ordered its settlers in the settlements of the Gaza envelope to go into bomb shelters until further notice.
Moreover, the Palestinian health ministry reported that women and children were among the martyrs in Gaza.
The Israeli occupation forces said the Israeli Air Force's air raids on Gaza have martyred Jihad Ghannam, the chief of the southern command of the PIJ's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, and his wife.
The Israeli occupation's air raids also targeted Islamic Jihad spokesperson Tarek Ezzedine's house. The PIJ official was martyred.
Another martyr was the commander of the northern region of the Islamic Jihad, Commander Khalil Al-Bahtimi.
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