Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday to protect Israel from missile fire by striking at terrorists and preventing them from rearming, in a response to ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
“We’re not going to let anyone arm themselves and fire rockets on us and think that they can do this with impunity,” Netanyahu told visiting ex-British prime minister Tony Blair. “They’re not going to get away with it. We attacked them before, we attacked them after and we’re going to prevent them from arming themselves. This is our policy. This is a very different policy that I put in. You don’t let them get away with it. And they know that’s what we’re doing.”
Early on Monday morning, the Israeli air force attacked a rocket launching squad in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, killing two terrorists. The strike came in response to rocket fire on southern Israel from Gaza and a mortar attack on an IDF patrol.
Speaking at the beginning of a meeting with Blair, the special envoy of the Middle East Quartet, Netanyahu blamed Hamas — which, he emphasized, was “supported by Iran” — for the recent rocket attacks on Israel.