Peres with Congressmen 311.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
Shimon Peres on Thursday responded to the terrorist attack on a bus in the
Negev, saying "I have just been informed that an Israeli bus
carrying students from school was hit by a missile fired from Gaza.
Reports are emerging of injured children. This is another clear example
of Gaza's transformation into a terror state. Is the UN able to
guarantee that acts of terrorism will not happen?"
"None of you
would give up on the security of your country, and Israel will also
defend itself," Peres told UN Security Council ambassadors during a
visit to New York.
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The president stressed to the ambassadors
that, "Hundreds of thousands of mothers and children in southern Israel
are not able to sleep peacefully at night as a result of rocket fire
Earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to respond
speedily and with every means necessary to the attack on Thursday afternoon which left two Israelis injured.
Shortly after the statement was issued, an IAF helicopter machine-gunned targets in the Strip, for the first time since Operation Cast Lead.
In a statement, Barak added that he holds Hamas as responsible for all events and attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was briefed on the attack during his state visit to Berlin
with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He said that Israel would not tolerate attacks from terrorist organizations, Israel Radio reported.
Palestinian terrorists in the Strip fired an anti-tank missile which
landed near a school bus outside Kibbutz Saad in the Negev. Magen David
Adom paramedics were attempting to revive a 16-year-old boy who was on
the bus, and the bus driver was also seriously injured.
Additional mortars were fired at the area. Residents have been instructed to stay inside buildings.