IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt. General Benny Gantz made strong comments regarding the increased rocket fire on Israel's south. In a speech to high school students in Gan Yavne on Wednesday, he was asked whether it was possible to stop the rocket attacks. Lt. General Ganz responded, "if we want to, then we should occupy Gaza. It's a dilemma that we are dealing with every week," Gantz said.
Gaza was under Israeli jurisdiction until the 1993 Oslo Accords and continued to have Jewish communities in the Gush Katif region until the 2005 Disengagement.