Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Netanyahu Promises ‘Forceful’ Response to Gaza Rocket Attacks

March 12, 2014 4:44 pm 22 comments
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being interviewed on CTV. Photo: Screenshot / CTV.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being interviewed on CTV. Photo: Screenshot / CTV.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday evening at a press conference in Jerusalem that Israel will respond “forcefully” to the barrage of at least 60 rockets that were fired at southern Israel earlier in the day, Israel’s Walla reported.

“If there won’t be quiet in the south, there will be noise in Gaza, and this is an understatement,” the prime minister promised. “We will not be deterred from harming those who try to harm us, and we will continue to respond forcefully against terrorists in the Gaza Strip.”

Also present at the press conference was British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is visiting Israel this week. He condemned the attacks as “unacceptable.”

“I say with one voice: a Palestinian state can only be established through dialogue and not through terrorism,” he added.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s rocket fire – the single biggest such assault since Israel’s 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense. The Israeli Defense Forces responded immediately by targeting two terror locations in northern and southern Gaza.

Israel’s President Shimon Peres also addressed the rocket attacks from Gaza. “We cannot behave as though nothing happened and I’m sure the government will take the necessary steps to stop it,” he said.

“Hamas must understand that you can’t have it both ways, we shall not accept Gaza as a center of terror, we cannot permit it,” he said. “It’s not just a matter of wounded or killed; it’s a million and a half people who won’t have security or a night’s sleep. We’d clearly like to have peace but we must stop the terror.  We’re not interested in raising the flames but we decided to stop the fire.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said, “We will not let Islamic Jihad or anybody else in Gaza disrupt the life of Israel’s citizens. When it’s not quiet in southern Israel, it won’t be quiet in Gaza — so that the terrorists will regret their rocket fire.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israel’s Channel 2 on Wednesday evening that any Israeli response to the onslaught must include the retaking of Gaza. “There  is no alternative to a full reoccupation of the entire Gaza Strip,” he said.

22 Comments

  • Have you even thought this through? Israel is more than capable of defending it`s soil. And it`s people. But no further this should go.

    Have we not learned anything from the past?

    I have seen today many videos about Purim. It is a nice party. Tell me cause I´m stupid. Where is the glory after Ester chapter eight? There is no glory in the remaining verses. Just shame. The sheep become the beast they were fighting against. We all know the story. If that would of been all good. Why it did not last? For eternity? Well. I told that. Don´t believe me. Just read it… Or start whit Job.. It is very straight forward answer for Ester.

    Shalom, I hope. If it is possible :)

  • IF YOU CHOOSE TO DANCE AND DON’T KNOW HOW. DON’T COMPLAIN TO THE WORLD COMMUNITY IF YOU GET YOUR FEET STOMPED. ISREAL KNOWS HOW TO LEAD BUT PALISTINE , HAMAS ,ETC. HAS NEVER LEARNED HOW TO FOLLOW THE CAN’T EVEN STAND ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET.ASKING FOR HAND OUTS FROM THE REST OF THE MUSLIM WORLD. { YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE CHILDREN OF THE RICHTIOUS BEGING INTHE STREET’S}…..

  • Only when Gaza is free from terrorists, will Israel be able to sleep at night. Eventually, the Gaza Arabs might be able to experience what it’s like to have peace and a rebuilding of a territory in which their citizens may be educated and prosper. God Bless.

  • I would split Gaza in two by taking back the north and east of it. Guess thats not an option.

  • YEAH! YEAH!..We’ve heard that song before.Bibi is all talk and little action.

  • It seems obvious to me that the only way to stop the terrorists is to retake the area. Move in, reoccupy, and hunt down every terrorist you can find. That is the only way to stop the terror. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc. does not care how many Palis are killed, as long as Jews go with them. The only way to stop it is to retake it and arrest every member of all the terrorist groups. Maybe that might even have a positive effect on the so-called peace talks. Maybe the PA will finally commit to peace, though I am not holding my breath.

    • Kris Kristian

      What is the point of taking terrorist prisoner.

      Obama and Kerry will tell PM Netanyahu, that for peace, he must release every terrorist murderer, as the PM was TOLD by Obama to do, to get Abbas to sit and talk peace,.
      So, the PM released hundreds of murderers to carry on the murder of Jews,

      Why did PM agree to that. He knew quite well, that the PA has no honour, that they had no intentioin to make peace, but only to destroy Israel (which they refuse to call the Jewish state, but they have to have dozens of Islamic states).

      I hope the PM does not make that mistake again.

      He must warn Gaza/Hamas. IF you do not stop your terror, we will flatten Gaza.

  • Hello???? How about 200 loitering gps guided Spice 250’s and Popeyes , accurately aimed due to incredible Israeli intelligence, with minimal collateral civilian damage and 97% target aquisition accuracy? 200 too many? ok., how’bout 50??????????? Hamas…. keep messing around, you allow IDF to flex their muscles and exercise the flexibility and accuracy of their weapons etc. I think Hamas, al-Quds and Islamic Jihad must be sado-masochists.
    Wow! Look what the Islamo moronic
    sado-masochistic fascists are doing to each other in Syria,think then what they would love to do to Israel. Thank God for Lieberman and Bibi!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kris Kristian

      The problem is, if Israel really climbs into Gaza, the world will have plenty to condemn Israel, And TUTU will be the first to condemn Israel.
      Tutu is no church man. He is satan personified.

  • I’m with Liberman. Think in terms of the Jews that
    may have to come in from the Ukraine; or the French
    Jews that are leaving France. Rebuild the Gaza and
    never gamble with it again.

  • George Bokor

    the Liberman statement is the correct one; ” there is no alternative to a full reoccupation of the entire Gaza Strip” Finaly I hear the correct statement! Long owerdue!

  • “There is no alternative to a full reoccupation of the entire Gaza Strip,” said Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman

    Annexation would be a better alternative because Arab incitement against Israel and Jews must be eliminated. The rule of law needs to be established in Gaza. After that, comes economic development and prosperity.

  • Who in the world, President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, who in the European Union and who’s who in the German government, the government of the State of Israel could prevent them to respond to this horror scenario from Gaza “powerful”????

    The government of the sovereign, democratic State of Israel has every right to protect its citizens “žpowerful” against the this misanthropic regime of the terrorist organization Hamas, with its sub-groupings!!!!
    ___________________________I translated the article in German language!!!

  • Daniela Lowinger

    I think Bibi should deliver to Gaza all the missiles and the mortars the iranians wanted to deliver. Just use them the way gazans thought to use them against us.

  • M.A. Kinamohn

    Kahane was so right!

  • Mark S. Devenow Esq.

    I don’t know that Israel can retake Gaza – that toothpaste seems to be out of the tube at this point. But it is the obligation of the government to strike back and in such manner that makes CERTAIN these Fakestinian cockroaches pay a price sufficient to induce Hamas to stem these terrorist acts.

    • Israel must not retake Gaza and expose a single Israeli to harm. Seal the border. Make sure drones are in the air at all time to alert aircraft of sites to be bombed and bomb the hell out of them

      • Kris Kristian

        Israel must close the border. No more supplies.
        The world has no idea of how much Israel supplies Gaza with food, electricty etc. The world does not want to recognise this as it will put Israel into the “good” seats

        When the people are hurt, they will rize up against Hamas.

        If they are hungry, thirsty, no electricity etc, they will do the work for Israel, by arresting their leaders, and will want peace with Israel.
        That is the only way to create peace and quiet. Their leaders must be destroyed.

  • Prayers that Israel will retake Gaza.

  • Vickie Taylor

    Prime Minister Netanyahu, you do whatever it takes to protect Israel. I pray everyday for the protection of Israel. I love Israel with all my heart. Don’t let them terrorist rest Bibi.

  • Jews will no longer allow anyone to oppress and harm us – whoever tries will be defeated with a brutality that matches the evil and hatred against which we fight.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

    Read more →