President Shimon Peres today (Thursday) addressed the escalating violence in the south, stressing that Israel would respond with force to the rockets being fired out of the Gaza Strip.
"Last night (Wednesday) the IDF did what it needed to do, attacking dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The rockets were sent over by Islamic Jihad, but the ultimate responsibility lays on Hamas. Hamas leadership claims it is responsible for the Gaza Strip. which means it is responsible for the actions that take place in or from the Gaza Strip. The State of Israel will in no way tolerate its citizens being shot at. Hamas must decide whether they want to live: for us to answer fire with fire, or cease fire with cease fire," Peres said.