'Israel could have hit Gaza terrorists harder'

Public Security Minister Aharonovitch says Israel could have struck infrastructure in Gaza, killed terrorist leaders.

March 13, 2012 20:03
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Aharonovitch in emergency control center

Aharonovitch in emergency control center 311. (photo credit: Public Security Ministry)

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch expressed dissatisfaction with what he said was Israel's restrained response to the bombardment of southern cities with rockets, saying that a firmer response could have brought escalation to an end sooner.

"I would have liked to see a harsher response, that would have resulted in an immediate cessation of fire on southern communities," the minister said.

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He added that Israel could have struck infrastructure in Gaza, killed terrorist leaders, and had the option of taking up a more offensive stance.

Echoing other officials, Aharonovitch added that there was no formal cease-fire in place, but rather, an Egyptian-brokered understanding that a cessation of rocket attacks would be met with a cessation of Air Force strikes in Gaza.

Meanwhile, five mortar shells and two Kassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in southern areas throughout Tuesday. The shells fell in a farming village not far from homes, but failed to cause damage or injury.

"Unfortunately, we are used to this," a resident of the village told Israel Radio after the attack.

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