Opposition MKs Urge IDF Action in Gaza as Rockets Keep Falling on Southern Israel

Kadima lawmakers call for launch of extensive operation in Gaza after Thursday's terror attacks, weekend in which more than 100 rockets struck Israel.

Members of Knesset from Israel's leading opposition party, Kadima, urged the cabinet on Sunday to launch a military campaign in the Gaza Strip, following the barrage of rockets that struck Israel over the weekend and the deadly terrorist attack that predeced on Thursday.

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, committee chair MK Shaul Mofaz of Kadima said that Israel must take steps against Hamas, "topple their infrastructures and create a system of ties with Egypt in order to prevent terrorism coming from its border."

IDF soldier near Gaza - Reuters - April 8, 2011

MK Yohanan Plesner, also of Kadima, said the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee would support a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip. "Creating a fixed reality of attrition in the south will constitute a victory for Hamas and the terrorist organizations," he said. "The State of Israel cannot put up with such a situation."

Head of Kadima party Tzipi Livni made a similar call on Saturday, saying the party will support an extensive military campaign. "You must use force against terrorism," she said. "Just as we have taken steps against terrorism in the past, we will also support steps now that will defend the citizens of Israel."

MK Avi Dichter (Kadima) said in the meeting that "following recent events, the world should think hard before recognizing a Palestinian state." Labor Party MK Amir Peretz said Israel should add another ten Iron Dome system, adding that "we must protect the lives of citizens."

Nine rockets and a barrage of mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel over the course of Saturday night and Sunday morning. The Iron Dome system successfully shot down one rocket aimed at Be'er Sheva and another three targeting the city of Ashkelon.

Click here for a timeline of the escalating violence in Israel's south