Israel will continue to protect citizens of Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday after the IAF announced that it carried out a targeted assassination on terrorist Hitham Mashal.

"I said that we will not let this pass quietly in continuation with our policy," Netanyahu said, "we will not accept a drizzle of rockets from Gaza or Sinai, we will act to defend the citizens of Israel and that is what we are doing."

Mashal, a northern Gaza resident, was a weapons expert connected to the Aknaf Bet Al-Maqdes group, and was believed by security officials to be involved with the rocket attacks on Eilat earlier this month.

The prime minister made his comments before entering a meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.

The IAF strike followed the murder of Yitzhar resident Evyatar Borovsky in a terrorist attack at the Tapuah junction.

Netanyahu expressed his condolences to the family of Borovsky saying, "I express my condolences, and those of the entire country, to the family of Evyatar Borovsky."

"The terrorist was caught and we will continue to take action on this front as well to defend our citizens," he added.

The funeral for Borovsky will take place Tuesday evening in Kfar Hassidim.

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