Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Israel had told Hamas that it was not seeking a broader escalation and that the current operation was limited to Islamic Jihad targets.
“The message that we conveyed to Hamas through the Egyptians is that the scope of the battle and the operations will depend on the response of Islamic Jihad,” Gantz said after a meeting of the Israeli government.
He said that “the army’s operations will be focused against Islamic Jihad, in return it was approved to enter fuel trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing.”
In turn, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that his government “has a policy of zero tolerance for any attempt to attack – of any kind – from Gaza towards Israeli territory.”
In his first statement after the launch of the military operation in Gaza on Friday evening, he said, “No matter how long it takes, we will eliminate the threat facing our citizens.”
Lapid stressed that “we will not accept any ultimatum regarding the operations of the army and security forces – including on other fronts. Those who should be arrested will be arrested. Any attempt to harm civilians or soldiers will receive a harsh response.”
Source: the Israeli i24 channel