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Israel is not seeking a confrontation with the Palestinians, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday following a barrage of rockets on southern Israel.
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Speaking during a state visit to Bosnia, he said, "We don't want an escalation of the situation, but we won't accept barrage after barrage without a response."
hope this evening, with the help of neighboring countries, the
international community and the Palestinian Authority, that the rocket
fire will stop," he said. "Otherwise there will be consequences in the
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) visited Gan Yavne, where one of the rockets fell, on Saturday evening.
“I will support any action the government chooses in order to stop the
attacks,” she said. “Residents of the south bravely deal with constant
attacks, and we all will try to support them.”
Livni also wrote
on her Facebook page that the rockets “remind everyone that the South is
full of terrorist extremists, whom Israel must weaken directly and by
negotiating with moderates who do not use violence.”
Hamas feels strong following the Schalit deal, we must be aggressive in
order to bring back Israel’s deterrence,” MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud)
said. “We must make the residents of the towns surrounding Gaza, and all
of Israel’s citizens feel safe again.”
According to National
Union MK Arye Eldad, “after avoiding a military attack on the heads of
terrorist organizations and instead surrendering to Hamas and freeing
hundreds of murderers will force us to act now.”
that [Gilad] Schalit will be hurt can no longer hide the disgrace of our
capitulation,” he added. “Now Israel must stop reacting and start
preventing. Only methodically wiping out the heads of terrorist
organizations, especially Jabari who held Schalit, will bring back our
deterrence that was worn out by the deal [for Schalit’s release].”