Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday reiterated that "Hamas, from our point of view, is responsible for everything that happens in the [Gaza] Strip and for all of the [terrorist] organizations that operate there."
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, he added, "we will not accept actions that harm our citizens, actions like the firing on the bus, or attempts to put three-quarter of a million citizens in bomb shelters." The defense minister was referring to an incident on Thursday when an anti-tank missile was fired at a school bus, leaving a 16-year-old in critical condition and the firing of over 120 rockets and mortar shells over the weekend.
Hamas sustained a heavy blow, he said, adding that "fortunately, nobody was injured" by their fire. The IDF's strikes, he said, have been "very effective and precise, and they sustained a heavy blow."