Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has told troops gathered near the Gaza Strip on 19 October that they would "soon see" the enclave "from the inside".
Source: CNN, citing a press release from the Israeli Defence Ministry
Quote from Galant: "You see Gaza now from a distance, you will soon see it from inside. The command will come."
Details: CNN reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced an offensive during a separate visit to the area bordering the Gaza Strip on 19 October.
"The entire nation of Israel stands behind you and we will give the hard blow to our enemies so that we can achieve victory. For victory! Ready?"
Major General Yaron Finkelman, Commander of the Southern Command of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), told troops on another section of the border on Thursday that "this maneuvering will shift the war to the enemy’s side", adding that the IDF "will win on their ground".
"This maneuvering will be long, difficult, long, intense, but we have the best commanders and fighters the IDF has to offer," Finkelman stated.
- Earlier this week, Israel's ambassador to the UN said Israel was "not interested" in occupying Gaza but would do "whatever is necessary" to end Hamas.