Liveblog: Netanyahu speaking
The war against the tunnels is a necessity for demilitarizing Gaza. Demilitarizing Gaza has to be part of any solution and the 'international community' must forcefully demand it rather than supplying money, cement and concrete to Hamas for more tunnels. There must be supervision.
It is impossible for Israel's citizens to live under the constant threat of rockets and infiltrations. Hamas rejected every cease fire offer and has been cruel to our citizens and to its own.
I said and I repeat that we must be prepared for a long war. We will continue to act with force and sobriety until we accomplish the goal.
Defense Minister Yaalon: We will not compromise on the security of our population. We will continue to fight to destroy tunnels and rockets and missiles. If the terror organizations think they can defeat us, they will see in the coming days that won't be the case. We will not be afraid and we will continue until Hamas understands that they cannot defeat us. We will hit them from land, air and sea in the coming days.
We are sorry for every civilian casualty but they will not come before our population. We are dealing with the tunnels now. The soldiers are aware of the magnitude of the tasks. We ask everyone to support the IDF in its sacred work. We wish the wounded a speedy recovery and reach out to the families of those who died.
They're taking questions.
Yaalon says the IDF did not hit Shifa Hospital.
Says we will get anywhere Hamas is hiding.
Says the population has to have patience.