Barak: Gaza is an Iranian military base 60 km from Tel Aviv

Gaza still presents a serious threat to the safety of Israeli civilians, Defense Minister Ehud Barak reminded the Socialist International Council at the United Nations in New York.
“For Israel, the Gaza Strip today is an Iranian military base three kilometers from the closest Israeli city [Sderot], and 60 kilometers from Tel Aviv. Hamas governs the Gaza Strip forcefully, and cruelly suppresses its political opponents," said Barak.
He added that Israel welcomes international groups that wish to send aid to Gaza through the Ashdod port, but not provocateurs seeking to break the blockade.