Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett vowed to "hit terrorists" wherever they are on Sunday, during a visit to the Sderot factories burned down on Saturday after being hit by rockets from Gaza.
"Over the weekend, the Israeli government has proven that the IDF's hands reach everywhere - both in the North and in the South," Bennett said. "Wherever there are terrorists who want to hurt us, we hurt them. We will make sure it is our enemies who are in shelters."
Bennett also praised the resilience of Sderot residents, who returned to daily life Sunday despite the rockets over the weekend.
"The secret of Israel's existence is not only its defense power, but also its civil power," Bennett said. "Missiles hit overnight, but people return to work in the morning. This is the way of the State of Israel and this is the way of the city of Sderot."
Two rockets fell in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area Saturday night, one exploding in open ground outside of Sderot, and the other making a direct hit on the "Denber" plastic factory.
The factory was set ablaze in a massive fire, which engulfed an adjacent paint factory as well. Ten firefighting units from Sderot, Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon and Netivot eventually succeeded in controlling the fire and prevent it from spreading to other factories after an hour-long struggle with the massive blaze.
Bennett's remarks are the latest in a series of praises for the "bravery" of the citizens of Sderot, who have been forced to endure an ongoing barrage of rocket fire from Gaza for several years.
“Your patience and bravery is what allows us to act to restore quiet to the region,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told Sderot Sunday. "We will not tolerate the attempts of the terror organizations to interfere with the routine of our daily lives. We will continue to act with force and power against the forces of terror arrayed against us, as we have been doing in recent days.”
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked nine different terrorist targets in Gaza overnight Saturday in retaliation for the rocket fire.