The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are sick and tired of playing nice with the radical Islamic terror group, Hamas. The IDF held a massive military drill on Monday to simulate an invasion of the Gaza Strip in the Negev region of southern Israel. This follows reports of 200 rockets and mortar shells being fired at Israel over the weekend.
Israel believes Hamas is violating a ceasefire that was negotiated primarily by Egypt over the weekend. Israel did not participate in these talks and has doubted their legitimacy from the start. The Jewish State does not believe Hamas is negotiating in good faith and will continue their heavy-handed approach if it means protecting Israeli interests.
“In order to win, we need to confront the enemy, and we want to confront them on our terms, in our time,” said Ohad Najameh, who serves as commander of the 401st Armored Brigade and participated in the drills, to Hadashot TV news. “We’ve developed the tools and the exercises so that we will be the stronger side when we meet Hamas.”
Najameh maintains that real strikes are meant to follow this military exercise.
“I believe that striking senior officials will deal a significant blow and will affect the battlefield,” he said. “And yes, we will try to strike them.”
The Times of Israel reported on the tensions that continue to arise from the hostilities that were exchanged last week. An IDF soldier was wounded after a Palestinian threw a grenade in his direction during a riot beside the Gaza security fence, which was followed by Israeli air strikes. Hamas then proceeded to barrage southern Israel with mortar shells and rockets.
Israel has apparently had enough of the endless back-and-forth that has been taking place for so long and are finally readying to put the terrorist menace known as Hamas out of commission.
“We are ready and speaking in terms of war [that could come] tomorrow,” said Lt. Col. Barak Rubin, who serves as deputy commander of the Nahal infantry brigade, to Channel 10. “It occurs to me that this drill could become a real entry into the Strip.”
Israel can anticipate having the United States by their side as they ramp up their war against radical Islam, as President Donald J. Trump is an avowed supporter of the Middle East’s sole democracy.