Prior to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister released a statement in which he addressed Ban, the U.N., and the rest of the world calling for an end to Israel's operation, saying, "The moment we draw symmetry between the victims of terror and the unintended casualties that result from legitimate military action against the terrorists, the minute that false symmetry is drawn, the terrorists win."
Netanyahu added, "Mr. Secretary, no country would tolerate rocket attacks against its cities and against its civilians. Israel cannot tolerate such attacks. If a long-term solution can be put in place through diplomatic means, than Israel would be a willing partner to such a solution. But if stronger military action proves necessary to stop the constant barrage of rockets, Israel will not hesitate to do what is necessary to defend our people."