(February 19, 2018 / JNS) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman confirmed that the Israeli Air Force had destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel early Monday in retaliation for firing a rocket on southern Israel late Sunday.
“The incidents proved that the IDF is ready for any scenario with zero warning,” Lieberman said during a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting on Monday. “It wasn’t easy to achieve this kind of capability, but the fact is that we have stood up for the tests and we have known how to handle them.”
Lieberman also sent a message to Israeli residents in the south, saying that you “can continue about your daily routine, and we are absolutely ready and are doing everything to ensure that regularity continues without interruptions.”
The IDF reported that the Gaza rocket landed late Sunday in an open area in the Shaar Hanegev region, which borders Gaza. Israel responded by bombing tunnels dug beneath Gaza, which were constructed by Hamas to smuggle arms and militants into Israeli population centers.
“Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip, above and below ground. The army will continue to act to ensure security for the citizens of Israel using all means at its disposal,” the IDF said in a statement following the attack.