Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks to the press at the United Nations General Assembly.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman responded to fresh rocket attacks from Gaza on Thursday, suggesting that the approach of Prime Minister Benjamin Neyantahu toward the security situation in Gaza is one that will only make things worse.
"Lack of action leads to bankruptcy," Liberman said, adding that the prime minister's "hesitation," "restraint" and "lack of will" will create a situation in which "the residents of the South, and then all of Israel, will become hostages of terrorists in Gaza."
"Israel must respond with an attack and not just rhetoric and hot air," he added.
On Wednesday Palestinians fired two rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory, hitting open fields near Sdot Negev, close to the Negev town of Netivot.
Wednesday's attack marked the latest attack since last week, when a rocket landed in Gan Yavne, east of Ashdod, setting off sirens and ending four weeks of calm.
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also issued a response to the Gaza rocket attacks, expressing that he stands in solidarity with all of the South's residents and he believed that regarding the security of Israel's citizens, there is "no Israeli leader that will be deterred from employing the necessary force."
He also echoed the Yisrael Beytenu chairman, urging that the "sources of the rocket launches and Israel's enemies be attacked with extreme prejudice" and adding that he holds Hamas fully responsible for any rocket attacks emanating from the coastal Palestinian enclave.
An official IDF statement echoed Herzog's charge, saying that the IDF "views Hamas as being responsible for everything that occurs in the territory of Gaza." There was no immediate indication about which terrorist group fired the rocket.
On April 24, terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket at the Sderot area, ending four months of quiet and triggering air raid sirens in the area. The projectile exploded in an open, uninhabited area, the IDF said.
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