Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Thursday that the Gaza Strip has turned into "Hamasistan" and that there is no "quick fix" solution to defeating terrorism.
Speaking to Israel Radio, Ya'alon added that the government is committed to the safety of residents in the South, and that this goal will be achieved, even if it takes time.
He emphasized that Israel is not negotiating with Hamas, but that the organization is turning to Egypt to request a cease-fire. Ya'alon added that if they [Gaza terrorists] "keep quiet", Israel will also maintain quiet, but if there are rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel will respond.
Ya'alon refused to comment on reports that Israel attacked an ammunition factory in the capital of Sudan on Wednesday.