Netanyahu: Israel Will Take Any Action Necessary in Gaza Strip

PM praises Iron Dome success but says it won't solve all of Israel's problems; Abbas urges West to stop Israeli strikes on Gaza; U.S. condemns strike on Israeli bus by Gaza militants.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Thursday the success of Iron Dome, and said that Israel will take any action necessary in the Gaza Strip after an anti-tank missile fired from the Palestinian territory hit an Israeli school bus.

"We hope this situation will be contained but we will not shy away from taking all the necessary action, offensive and defensive, to protect our country and to protect our citizens," Netanyahu told a news conference during a visit to Prague.

Netanyahu said that the interception of rockets by Iron Dome was an impressive feat, but said that he does not expect that the missile defense system will solve all of Israel's problems.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Western powers on Thursday to intervene after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians

An explosion from an Israeli missile strike in the northern Gaza Strip on Dec. 27, 2008.Credit: AP

He called on the West "to immediately intervene to stop this aggression," the official Wafa news agency reported.

Abbas also urged Palestinian militants not to give Israel an excuse to hit Gaza. The flareup of violence followed an attack on an Israeli school bus by an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza which wounded two people

The U.S. State Department condemned the bus attack, and expressed concern about use of advanced anti-tank weapons against civilians.

"We condemn the attack on innocent civilians in southern Israel in the strongest possible terms, and on-going rocket fire from Gaza," the statement read. "There is no justification for the targeting of innocent civilians and those responsible for these terrorist attacks should be held accountable."

"We are deeply about concerned about reports that indicate the use of an advanced anti-tank weapon in an attack against civilians."



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