Netanyahu: We Will Not Hesitate to Take All Necessary Steps in Gaza

Following a Gaza rocket that wounded seven in central Israel, the prime minister cuts U.S. trip short and heads back to Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room during a proclamation signing with at the White House in Washington, March 25, 2019.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel will not hesitate to take all steps necessary in the Gaza Strip late Monday night, as he boarded a plane returning to Israel from the U.S..

Following a rocket strike that hit a house in central Israel, which Israel Defense Forces say was fired from a Hamas position in southern Gaza on Monday, Netanyahu decided to shorten his four-day trip following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. 

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"We gave a very, very strong response, and Hamas needs to know that we will not hesitate to enter and do all the necessary steps," the premier said.  

Earlier Monday, Trump signed a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, thus formalizing a move announced with a tweet earlier on Thursday

"I am returning from a historic visit to Washington and this is something that will be remembered for generations," Netanyahu added. 

Following the prime minister's return, he says he will attend a security meeting held at the Kirya defense establishment headquarters in Tel Aviv. 

Netanyahu will not be delivering his planned speech at the 2019 American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on Tuesday morning. Yet he may deliver his speech over satellite from Israel.