IDF Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz:
The day after the withdrawal, the IDF is maintaining high alert, fearing a renewal in fighting. The chief-of-staff guaranteed a “harsh response and zero tolerance” in any such event. (Ynetnews)
Now that the IDF left the Gaza Strip, Israel will no longer show tolerance to Qassam rocket attacks on Israeli targets, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz says.
Mofaz, who arrived at Gaza’s Karni crossing to bid farewell to the Strip, turned to the Palestinians and called on them to “create a new reality in the Gaza Strip and in Judea and Samaria, in order for us to be able to advance to a reality of peaceful coexistence.”
"We won’t be willing to accept, under any circumstances, any kind of terror coming from the Gaza Strip following the very significant step undertaken by Israel," he said. (Ynetnews)
"One Qassam rocket on the day after [we leave Gaza] will be viewed by us as the Palestinians not fulfilling their obligations. We do not plan on searching after terrorists or [terror] organizations, but demand responsibility from the Palestinian Authority. For every [terror] incident [from Gaza] there will be a retaliatory one. The one responsible will be the Palestinian Authority" (translated from Hebrew article in NRG)
Hundreds of Qassams later, Katyusha rockets in Ashkelon, a kidnapped soldier from Kerem Shalom -- why did it take close to a year for Israel to retaliate?
In fact, the whole war in the North would have probably been avoided.
The following video recounts how many times we've left Gaza...and returned.