Lieberman: Only Full Occupation of Gaza Will Stop Rockets

Limited military action only strengthens Hamas, says Foreign Minister in response to repeated rocket attacks over the weekend.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman at press conference in Knesset, March 25, 2014.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed on Sunday that Israel consider re-occupying the Gaza Strip in response to the recent rocket fire on the south of the country.

"We need to decide whether we are going to choose the alternative, which is full occupation of the strip," Lieberman told Army Radio on Sunday morning. "We have seen that limited action only strengthens Hamas and therefore the alternative is clear."

The Israel Air Force struck targets in the Gaza Strip twice over the weekend in response to rocket fire from Gaza. A plastics factory in Sderot was hit by one of the salvoes and subsequently burned to the ground. Three factory workers were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The IDF said that it had targeted weapons manufacturing sites, underground rocket launchers and "centers of terrorist activity" located in different areas of the Strip.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke with Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi on Saturday, and told him the defense establishment "will not tolerate Gaza terror groups' attempts to disrupt the daily lives of the southern residents."

"We'll keep acting with a firm hand against the terrorists who shoot at Israel, and we'll deal them a painful blow," Ya'alon said.

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