Yoav Gallant, Israeli Defense Minister: “We will not allow Hezbollah and Iran to harm us”

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant

“All our fronts are tense. The Iranians are extending their reach into Judea and Samaria and Gazaand try to entrench themselves in Syria and Lebanon. We will not allow the Iranians and Hezbollah to harm us. We have not allowed it in the past, we will not allow it now, or at any time in the future.. When necessary, we will expel them from Syria to where they belong, which is Iran,” he said. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallantduring his visit to the Etzion Brigade in Judea and Samaria

Gallant visited the Etzion Brigade together with the Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, the Chief of Staff of the Central Command and the Commanders of the Etzion Brigade and the “Shaked” Battalion.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant
Gallant, during his visit to the Etzion Brigade in Judea and Samaria

The Minister was informed of the initial investigation carried out after the ramming attack that took place overnight in Judea and Samaria, and received an overview of the operational activities of the Israel Defense Forces during the month of Muslim holidays and beans.

After the briefings, the Minister Gallant visited the brigade headquarters and proposed a toast together with soldiers from the “Shaked” Battalion of the Givati ​​Brigade, ahead of the upcoming festivities.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant

Addressing the soldiers directly, he said: “Each battalion and each brigade that operates throughout the country has an important role. You ensure that our families can sit together around the Seder table. I wish you and your families happy holidays and much success: take care”.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant
Gallant’s visit comes hours after a terrorist attack in the area

Attack in the West Bank

The minister’s visit comes after a Palestinian terrorist was killed last night, in an escalation that threatens to end a relative calm during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan until now.

In the attack, three Israelis were injured – at least one of them seriously – and the Palestinian attacker was killed, the Army, medical services and local media reported. “Three pedestrians were run over” in “a terrorist attack” at a crossroads near the Palestinian village of Beit Umar and the area of ​​the Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, confirmed the Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service. .

As he added, the three injured were evacuated to the hospital as an emergency and one of them is in serious condition, another in moderate condition and a third was only slightly injured.

According to the Haaretz newspaper, the attacker was a Palestinian who was killed at the scene of the incident.

The incident this afternoon occurs in full celebration of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in a context of escalating violence in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the beginning of 2023, the deadliest beginning of the year in the region since 2000.

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