IDF officials have affirmed that Hamas had planned Tuesday morning to kidnap a soldier while the Qassam rockets and mortar shells were being launched from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.
Army intelligence and ground forces in the area were able to prevent the attack, they said.
It’s not enough to just stop such attempts. They have to be made unproductive, which can be done by adhering to three principles:
- No prisoner exchanges
- A death penalty for terrorist murders
- Disproportionate retaliation