The Israel Defense Forces top official in charge of activities in the Palestinian territories, Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alian, said that Hamas had "opened the gates of hell" with its surprise attack.
Here was Alian's message:
”I want to say one thing — Hamas has opened the gates of hell into the Gaza Strip. Hamas made the decision, and Hamas will bear the responsibility and pay for its deeds."
Alian's bellicose rhetoric echoed earlier comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the country would "return fire of a magnitude that the enemy has not known." He added that "the enemy will pay an unprecedented price."
The IDF previously said that Hamas will "face the consequences and responsibility for these events.”