The commanding officer of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Southern Command, General Yaron Finkelman, transmitted a powerful speech to Israeli troops on Tuesday before they entered the Gaza Strip on foot to begin the next stage of the war
Video and translation below:
We are going into the attack against Hamas and the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.
Our objective is one: victory.
It does not make a difference how long the fight will be, how difficult. There is no result other than victory.
We will fight in professionally and powerfully, in the light of the values of the IDF in which we were trained, the first of which is commitment to the mission, and the pursuit of victory.
We will fight them in the alleys, we will fight them in the tunnels, we will fight them wherever it is necessary.
And we will strike the abominable enemy against which we stand.
My brother soldiers: the residents of Be’eri, Sderot, Nir Oz, Kfar Aza, and the towns of the western Negev, and with them all the nation of Israel — everyone is watching us at this time.
Like me, they are relying on you, and they believe in you.
You are the generation of victory.
Attention: embark on your missions, strike the enemy. Over and out.
"כולם מביטים בנו כעת. כמוני, הם סומכים עליכם ומאמינים בכם, אתם דור הניצחון":
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— צבא ההגנה לישראל (@idfonline) October 31, 2023
The IDF also released some updated information on Tuesday regarding the latest targets in Gaza.
Over the last day, combined IDF combat forces struck approximately 300 targets, including anti-tank missile and rocket launch posts below shafts, as well as military compounds inside underground tunnels belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization.
During the forces’ ground operations, the soldiers had several engagements with terrorist cells that fired both anti-tank missiles and machine gun fire toward them. The soldiers killed terrorists and directed air forces to real-time strikes on targets and terror infrastructure.