Netanyahu: Security of south is exactly the same as rest of Israel

"The security of residents in the south is exactly the same as the rest of Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday, distancing himself from earlier comments by Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, during which he said the violence directed at Israel south was comparatively small as it did not target Tel Aviv.
Terrorist groups fired some 500 rockets into Israel between Sunday and Thursday.