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Aharonovitch in emergency control center 311.(Photo by: Public Security Ministry)
'Israel could have hit Gaza terrorists harder'
Public Security Minister Aharonovitch says Israel could have struck infrastructure in Gaza, killed terrorist leaders.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch expressed dissatisfaction with what he said was Israel's restrained response to the bombardment of southern cities with rockets, saying that a firmer response could have brought escalation to an end sooner.

"I would have liked to see a harsher response, that would have resulted in an immediate cessation of fire on southern communities," the minister said.

He added that Israel could have struck infrastructure in Gaza, killed terrorist leaders, and had the option of taking up a more offensive stance.

Echoing other officials, Aharonovitch added that there was no formal cease-fire in place, but rather, an Egyptian-brokered understanding that a cessation of rocket attacks would be met with a cessation of Air Force strikes in Gaza.

Meanwhile, five mortar shells and two Kassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in southern areas throughout Tuesday. The shells fell in a farming village not far from homes, but failed to cause damage or injury.

"Unfortunately, we are used to this," a resident of the village told Israel Radio after the attack.

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