Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday that despite the government's decision to agree to a cease-fire on Wednesday, Israel would "eventually need to overthrow the Hamas regime" in Gaza.
Liberman said in an interview with Channel 2 that a ground operation in Gaza would entail reoccupying the Gaza Strip, and partaking in such an effort only two months before elections was the wrong move.
"The occupation of Gaza and the overthrow of Hamas is a process that would take more than four months."
Liberman stated that the government decided to agree to the cease-fire despite the fact that they knew "the public was against it."
The foreign minster said that the cease-fire was the best agreement Israel could have made at this time. He said that Israel had met its three goals for the mission: stopping rocket fire on the South, regaining Israel's power of deterrence and destroying Hamas's stock of long-range Fajr 5 missiles.