Israeli Commander: Hostage Taking an Inflection Point For Israel

The Chief of Staff of Israel's armed forces says that the recent taking of Israeli nationals hostage by Hamas, a militant Palestinian organization, marks an inflection point for the nation.

Oct 8, 2023 - 22:57
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Israeli Commander: Hostage Taking an Inflection Point For Israel

The Chief of Staff of Israel‘s armed forces says that the recent taking of Israeli nationals hostage by Hamas, a militant Palestinian organization, marks an inflection point for the nation. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi warned of the dangers posed by the misdeeds of Hamas and stressed that the government must take action to protect its citizens.

In a televised address, Kohavi stated that “in the face of the foul attacks on our citizens, we must act wisely and decisively, with strength and honor, in order to ensure that the kidnapped are rescued and returned safely.” He further indicated that Hamas’ tactics have pushed the country to a point that it can no longer afford to be complacent or wait to take preemptive steps.

“We will not rest until the hostages are home safe with us,” Kohavi declared. He then highlighted the efforts that Israeli security forces have put into place to ensure the safety of its citizens. “We are deploying additional IDF forces in the region and have launched a wide-scale intelligence and operational campaign targeting the Hamas infrastructure throughout the entire Gaza Strip,” he said.

Kohavi concluded his remarks by stressing the need for all citizens to remain vigilant and ready to take action if called upon. “I call on all citizens of Israel to keep alert and show responsibility,” he said. “We are ready and alert to take whatever action is necessary to protect our people from these terrorists.”