Steinitz, Yishai: No way around operation in Gaza

Israel can't accept Iranian, Hamas missile bases in the Strip, finance minister says; 18 rockets fired into Israel on weekend.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz 311 R (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz 311 R
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Cabinet ministers addressed on Sunday the recent spike in rocket fire and the possibility of a military operation in the Gaza Strip. Speaking on his way to a cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told  Israel Radio that Israel cannot accept Iranian and Hamas missile bases in the Strip and will be forced to act militarily in Gaza sooner or later.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that there will be no way around military action if the attacks continue.
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The IAF struck targets in Gaza on Saturday after eighteen rockets were fired into Israel over the weekend. Two palestinians were reportedly wounded in the strike.

The strike came after terrorists fired four rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel Saturday morning, Army Radio reported. Two rockets exploded in an open area of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council after two earlier rockets were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council area .