Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the Knesset on Monday, at the opening of the winter session following a 3-month hiatus.
He said the last time he stood before the Knesset was before the seven-week long Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, "an operation against a criminal terrorist attack."
Netanyahu praised the Israeli people for showing unity in the face of rising terrorism.
Shifting to Hamas next, he slammed the organization for its incessant rocket attacks against Israeli cities, as well as its planned attacks from the air and underground.
Whoever attacks our cities, Netanyahu admonished, will pay a heavy price. "We did not give into the dictates of Hamas that would have endangered Israel."