Dr Mike Evans

Prime Minister speaks from location of David’s Sling

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the IDF 66th Battalion, the David’s Sling Battalion, and met with the commanders and soldiers, including those who took part in Wednesday’s successful intercept in the Greater Tel Aviv area.

“This morning, we targeted the commander of the Islamic Jihad rocket unit in Gaza. A short time ago we targeted his deputy,” he said.

“As I have said, whoever harms us – will pay the price, as will his replacement. We are in the midst of a campaign, on both offense and defense,” he added.

Netanyahu also addressed the importance of the David’s Sling system and thanked the IDF for its ongoing protection of the nation.

“Behind me is David’s Sling along with its commanders. This system successfully intercepted a rocket over the Greater Tel Aviv area. We will continue to take action on both defense and offense until the end of the campaign,” he continued.

“I would like to thank the soldiers who are doing sacred work here defending the skies over our country and the citizens of the state. I ask you, citizens of Israel, to continue helping us protect you. Follow the instructions of IDF Home Front Command. Together, we will win,” he added.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was briefed on the intercept that was carried out yesterday and also observed soldiers on operational duty. The Prime Minister was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, the Director of the National Security Council and his Military Secretary.

Netanyahu also held an additional security assessment by teleconference this morning following overnight events that included the first recent rockets fired toward Jerusalem.

Participating in the assessment were Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Tzachi Braverman, National Security Council Director Tzachi Hanegbi, Mossad Director David Barnea, ISA Director Ronen Bar, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi, Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Ghasan Alyan and Defense Minister’s Military Secretary Brig.-Gen. Yaki Dolf, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.