Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) called for a permanent solution rather than more cease-fires while speaking at the 14th annual International Conference of the Institute for Counter-terrorism
"The purpose of leadership isn't to keep delaying things," he said. We need to arrive at a regional solution in which there will be a demilitarized Palestinian state including with a Gaza that puts down its weapons -- alongside the State of Israel."
He added, however, that formal negotiations are not always possible. "It's important to remember that there are some officials with whom it is impossible to negotiate unless it is with the aim of a gun or through the optical viewfinder of a guided missile," Lapid said.
Regarding the fight against terror, the finance minister said that Israel has to "chase after the heads of terror everywhere in the world and to wipe them out. It also must take a tough stance against the money trails that finance terror."
"We have the strongest military in the Middle East and the most precise intelligence than ever before."