Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), said Thursday that all means are legitimate in order to stop the terrorist rocket fire from Gaza on residents of the South.
"I wish to strengthen the IDF and the Prime Minister, and I am certain that the Defense Establishment will know how to respond with power and forcefulness, in order to restore quiet for all residents of the South,” he added. “The snake's head must be crushed and the terrorists must not be allowed to harm Israeli citizens.”
Gaza terrorists fired two rockets early Thursday evening at the Hof Ashkelon area, south of the city of Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast. No one was hurt and no damage was reported.
While largely inaccurate, rockets fired from Gaza are meant to terrorize and humiliate Israel's populace, and send hundreds of thousands of men, women and children scurrying for shelter.
The Air Force hit several terror targets in Gaza on Thursday afternoon, following a wave of rocket attacks on southern Israel on Thursday morning. Israel denied Gaza terrorists' claims that a ceasefire had been successfully negotiated.
IAF commanders reported that all warplanes involved had returned safely to their bases.
“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israel’s citizens or soldiers, and will continue to take determined action against any party that uses terrorism against the state of Israel,” IDF spokespeople said.