Kadima MK Shai Hermesh on Saturday blamed Defense Minister Ehud Barak for the recent barrage of rockets fired on towns surrounding the Gaza Strip.
In an official statement, Hermesh, a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza in the South, said, "I accuse the defense minister [regarding] the situation we are in now, where Kassams are being launched freely into Israeli towns surrounding Gaza."
He added, "[Barak's] lack of response to the firing of mortars into the yards of Kibbutzim near Gaza last Purim and his silence on rocket fire against children's buses in Nahal Oz, eroded the deterrence capability we gained in the wake of [Operation] Cast Lead."
The MK said, "Hamas today enjoys full freedom of action knowing that the [Israeli] army's hands are tied, so we keep having to hide again and again like mice in our caves."
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