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PM: If Action is Needed Against Gaza, We'll Take It

Israel is keeping a close eye on the situation in southern Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday
By David Lev
First Publish: 4/29/2013, 4:59 PM

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israel is keeping a close eye on the situation in southern Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at a meeting of the Likud-Yisrael Beyteinu faction Monday.

“There is an attempt to revive the wide-ranging attacks on Israel by terrorists attacking the south,” Netanyahu told MKs at the meeting. “They are attempting to reverse the quiet we attained after Operation Pillar of Defense” last November."

In recent days, there has been a significant uptick in the number of missiles being fired by Gaza Arab terrorists at targets in the south. The IDF has conducted forays against terror targets in Gaza in response to the attacks, but if necessary, Israel would take more intensive action, the Prime Minister said.

Israel, Netanyahu said, would take any and every step to prevent the relative quiet in southern Israel from being compromised. “We are watching the situation and are prepared for any scenario. We will not allow the safety of Israeli residents to be compromised, not in the south, and not in the north."

“It must be clear to the forces in Gaza who are firing these missiles that if these attacks continue, we will take action. We will not allow these incremental missile attacks against Israel to continue. We will respond with much greater force,” Netanyahu concluded.