Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak pledged to restore the IDF’s deterrent strength and keep the troops safeguarding the Gaza border fence out of harm’s way. “It's not yet over,” said Barak while touring the fence Tuesday with OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Rousso, Division Commander Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein and Deputy C-of-St Maj. Gen. Yahir Naveh..
DEBKAfile asks where the defense minister was when Israel’s deterrent strength was allowed to slip far enough to endanger the troops? And why were Hamas and the Jihad Islami permitted to acquire rockets with a range of 75 kilometers, so placing Herzliya north of Tel Aviv in harm’s way?