The IDF does not pay attention to empty calls for cease fires from various terrorist groups, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview on Monday with Army Radio. If they want a cease fire, Islamic Jihad and Hamas will need to actually stop their attacks, he explained. He added that Israel holds Hamas accountable for all rocket fire from Gaza.
The defense minister said the IDF is not interested in returning to Gaza. It will, however, respond accordingly to attacks against Israel's citizens. Addressing the Iranian nuclear program, Barak said, "We have no reason to fear anything" as Israel is the strongest country in the Middle East. Still, Iran is a central threat to Israel and the international community and needs to be treated as such.