PM Netanyahu: Senior Islamic Jihad terrorist eliminated by IDF was a ticking bomb
Speaking to reporters at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, PM Netanyahu said that “Israel is not interested in escalation, but we will do everything required to protect ourselves.”
“This could take time. What is needed is stamina and cool-headedness,” Netanyahu added.
Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Ata, eliminated in the special operation overnight in Gaza, was a ‘ticking time bomb’ situation.
In a joint operation, the IDF and Shin Bet targeted a building in Gaza eliminating Muslim terrorist Baha Abu al-Ata, the commander of the Islamic Jihad in northern Gaza.
“This terrorist fired hundreds of rockets and planned more attacks. He was a ticking time bomb,” Netanyahu said.
“Terrorists think they can hit civilians and hide behind civilians. We showed that we can hit the terrorist with minimal damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you hit us we will hit you”, Netanyahu added.
Taking the podium after Netanyahu, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said Abu al-Atta was responsible for the majority of the attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip in the past year.
“We are prepared for escalations, even though we do not wish for them. But if we need to, we will move to targeted assassinations,” Kohavi added.
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said: “This elimination was made possible as a result of very intense intelligence work. It was a very precise strike that only hit the intended target, without harming innocent civilians.”
“The elimination was at the best time, in terms of operational considerations. Last night, all of the stars aligned.”