In a statement on Wednesday, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen told a security conference in Herzliya that there is no way to avoid a military operation against Hamas in Gaza. “There will be a war in Gaza. We are not happy about it and we do not want it, but there will be a war.”
Cohen also criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for encouraging dialogue between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rohani.
“Like De Gaulle in 1967, he prefers economic interests to Israel’s survival. History repeats itself,” he said.
On Tuesday evening, three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. One rocket fired from Gaza fell on an open field in southern Israel. The second hit a greenhouse, and the third hit the courtyard of a house.
The IDF initially responded by bombing two Hamas military positions in northern Gaza.
“An IDF combat tank attacked two military posts of the Hamas terrorist group in the northern Gaza Strip. The attack was executed in response to rockets fired into Israeli territory,” the military spokesman said.
Since than, Israel has upped it’s response by hitting 15 more targets including an arms depot, and an underground attack tunnel.
“The IDF will continue to oppose attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” the military spokesman added.