Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said there was "no direct relation" between
terrorist attacks in Israel over the past two days and the cross-border shooting
attack from Gaza, which claimed the life of a civilian employee of the
"We view take a most severe view of them. In Gaza, Hamas is
sovereign, and we see it as being responsible for today's shooting from the
Strip and rocket launches over the past two days at Israel. We will not allow a
disruption of life in the South, and we will respond decisively and painfully to
attacks on our sovereignty and against our civilians and soldiers," the defense
He advised Hamas "not to test our patience," calling on
Gaza's ruling regime to exercise its authority on the ground to prevent further
attacks on Israel by other organizations.
"If there won't be quiet in
Israel, there won't be quiet in Gaza either," Ya'alon warned.
incidents are the continuation of previous attacks, most of which are the result
of a lone attacker, or one who has been influenced by the atmosphere of
incitement and hatred that exists in the Palestinian Authority against Israel.
This is an intolerable situation from our perspective, and despite the
difficulties in dealing with a lone individual incited to murder Jews, we will
act with a resolute hand and in various ways to harm anyone who tries to carry
out terrorist attacks," Ya'alon pledged.
"As long as the PA continues to
incite against Israel and its civilians, and fails to promote a culture of
peace, Israel will have to deal with attacks that result from this," he added.
Ya'alon sent his condolences to the family of the fatally wounded civilian,
and wished the policeman stabbed on Monday a swift recovery.