Lieberman: Israel does not want to play ‘ping pong’ with Hamas

After the IDF attacked several Hamas targets following the overnight rocket fire from Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel will not accept any rocket fire from Gaza: “We have no intention of initiating a military operation in the Gaza Strip but we do not intend to be hit by occasional rockets.”

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Shortly after Hamas released a statement condemning Israel’s response to the rocket that was fired from Gaza early this morning (Monday), Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman clarified that Israel is not interested in another operation. “We have no intention of initiating a military operation in the Gaza Strip but we do not intend to be hit by occasional rockets,” stated Lieberman during a meeting with the MKs from his political party. “We will not start a game of ping pong. I suggest that Hamas take responsibility, impose order and calm down.”

The IDF also commented on the Israeli Air Force airstrikes in Gaza. “The IDF attacked and destroyed five terror infrastructures of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip by using air force aircraft,” read the statement released by the IDF. “The terrorist organization Hamas is the sovereign in Gaza and it is responsible for every terror attack emanating from there.”

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“The continuation of disturbing the peace along [Israel’s] border with Gaza will push Israel to respond forcefully,” wrote Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai on his Facebook page in Arabic. “Israel does not want an escalation of violence but cannot hold back when rockets are fired in the night from Gaza toward Israel and this is why the IDF attacked today.”



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