Netanyahu's meeting at the IDF's Southern Command moved to Be'er Sheva out of fears of escalation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived today for a meeting at the IDF's Southern Command- but the meeting itself took place in Be'er Sheva and not at the headquarters of the Gaza Division as originally planned. The reason? Fear of escalation following the reduction of the Gaza Strip's power supply.
Prime Minister Netanyahu's convoy, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the IDF's Southern Command today (Tuesday) was moved from the headquarters of the Gaza Division to the command headquarters in Be'er Sheva because of concerns that the visit would raise the level of tension in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu took part in a meeting assessing the situation and possible escalation following the reduction of the electricity supply in Gaza.

Netanyahu's visit to the headquarters was scheduled two weeks ago and was to be accompanied by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Commander-in-Chief of the IDF Gadi Eizenkot and Major General of the Southern Command Eyal Zamir. 

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The Gaza Strip in the dark Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Though Hamas has already threatened that "the reduction of electricity will lead to a big explosion," Netanyahu said during his visit that "Israel is not facing escalation" and that Defense Minister Lieberman has reinforced this. 

Intelligence assessments have indeed indicated that Hamas is not interested in clashing with Israel at this point in time, rather the organization's declarations were mainly aimed at raising funds that would pay for the reduced electricity and help return the status quo.



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