Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Monday said that Palestinians were attacking Israel from every side, citing both the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ongoing UN upgrade efforts .
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"We are being attacked militarily with terrorism from Gaza, and being attacked diplomatically from Ramallah," Steinitz said in an interview with Army Radio.
Regarding the possibility of a ground operation to combat rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Steinitz warned that rocket fire would hit closer and closer to Israel's center over time, and warned that Israel cannot simply shield itself. "There is no escaping it seems, a military decision on Hamas in Gaza," he said.
Despite the scope of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza 2008, Steinitz said that Israel has not yet had an operation along the lines of Defensive Shield, the 2002 anti-terror operation in the West Bank.