Mofaz: Israel's deterrence has eroded

Transportation minister calls situation in which IDF foils attacks and then terrorists fire rockets "intolerable."

mofaz 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi [file])
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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi [file])
The current security situation proves the erosion of Israel's deterrence, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said Sunday evening. "The current reality, in which we're foiling terror attacks and then [terror groups] dare to launch Grads at Ashekelon and Kassams at Sderot, is intolerable," he said. Mofaz said that "the agenda in the State of Israel must be determined by the Israeli government, and not the terror organizations." Speaking at a conference in Ashdod, Mofaz said the erosion of Israel's deterrence had begun in 2007, when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip. "We need to make a supreme effort to design a different reality [to counteract] Hamas's rule," Mofaz explained. Mofaz's comments came as Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday evening ordered passages into Gaza closed to aid again on Monday, following the day's Kassam fire at Sderot.