At a cultural event marking the end of the 50-day Gaza operation, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (Yisrael Beytenu) spoke about the recent government decision to allocate more funds to the defense budget. He said that while the seven-week Gaza offensive needed to be paid for, slashing the budgets of welfare, education and internal security was not the way to go about it. He also talked about the political climate in the country following the cease-fire that went into effect in the last week of August, and said that while elections were still far away, he thought Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman would be the next prime minister. He said that during the Gaza operation, Israel had great successes but "the mission was not complete," adding, "Israel needed to defeat Hamas" and destroy their entire rockert infrastructure. On Islamic State he said the group was "not a threat to Israel" and that if it became one the IDF "would know how to handle it."