Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said on Sunday that, in light of the ongoing onslaught of rockets and mortar shells being launched at southern population centers, the government will have to consider entering Gaza.
"We cannot continue in a situation in which one million Israelis are living under constant rocket fire. The deterrence from Operation Cast Lead has exhausted itself. We will need to respond and we are not excluding the option of a ground invasion," Shalom said.
The deputy prime minister made these statements while he was in Beersheba's Soroka University Medical Center visiting people who were wounded by rockets launched from Gaza over the weekend.