Netanyahu Orders IDF Forces to Stay in South

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An Israeli soldier sits next to armoured personnel carriers near the border with Gaza, Monday,. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

The Gaza rockets and IDF retaliations have stopped, but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced on Monday evening that he has ordered Israeli forces near the border to remain in place following a Southern Command situation assessment.

PM Netanyahu held a security conference with military staff in Beersheva, where he told reporters that IDF actions had “changed the rules of the game as Hamas clearly understands.

“In the last two days we renewed the policy of assassinating senior terror officials, killed dozens of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists and destroyed terror towers,” Netanyahu said, apparently in answer to widespread criticism of the informal ceasefire.

“However, this isn’t the end of the battle, and therefore I ordered [the army] to prepare for what comes next and leave armored and artillery forces around the Gaza Strip,” he added.

Earlier, PM Netanyahu visited several wounded soldiers in Beersheva’s Soroka hospital.