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Enough is Enough, Say MKs about Gaza Escalation

MKs call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to take action in the wake of continued terrorism from Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/11/2012, 4:01 AM

oldier holds the remains of a rocket
oldier holds the remains of a rocket
AFP photo

Enough is enough is what MKs had to say on Saturday night, in the wake of the continued escalation in southern Israel.

After Gaza terrorists hit an IDF jeep with a missile and fired a barrage of at least 30 rockets at southern Israel, MKs called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to take action.

MK Danny Danon (Likud), a member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said that Israel should turn off the electricity in Gaza in response to the continued terror attacks.

“We must turn off the power in Gaza until the rocket fire on southern residents ends," said Danon. “We need to send Hamas into its bunkers and shake Gaza until we bring an end to the threat on the residents of the south.”

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, “The Palestinians are proving once again that there is no choice other than broad military action in Gaza. We must do what it takes to restore the deterrence on the streets of Gaza and bring the quiet back to southern Israel's communities.”

Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein also called for action and said, “The zero hour has arrived. The State of Israel is sinful towards itself when it continues to abandon the lives of a million people. It’s time to deal a blow to the terrorist nests and immediately restore Israel's deterrence and the quiet in the south.”

Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz, a former IDF Chief of Staff and Defense Minister, said on Saturday night, “It is time for a deep and thorough treatment of Gaza terrorism. The terrorist organizations should be engaged in saving their own lives rather than in planning attacks.”

Mofaz added, “The political echelon should allow the IDF to act powerfully wherever necessary. Stuttering by Israel will be answered by acts of terrorism. The heads of the terrorist organizations should be a primary and immediate target. We knew how to reach them in the past. The IDF knows how act. It should be allowed to do so. Israel's security comes before any election. I back up the Prime Minister on this matter.”

The chairman of the State Control Committee, MK Uri Ariel (National Union), said, “The Israeli softness in the face of the growing terrorism in the south over the last month must stop. It’s time to let the IDF win once again, to stop being afraid of the reaction of world nations, to work deep inside Gaza and to finally put an end to the terror state that Israel created with its own hands.”

On Saturday night, IAF aircraft attacked a terrorist squad in northern Gaza that was in the midst of an attempt to fire rockets at southern Israel.

The IDF said in a statement that a direct hit was detected. Sources in the Palestinian Authority said that a terrorist from the Islamic Jihad group was killed in the airstrike.

Later airstrikes targeted nine additional terror targets in northern and southern Gaza.