March 13, 2012
With the life-disrupting rocket fire on the South in its fourth day, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke for the first time Monday about expanding Israel’s military operations inside the Gaza Strip.
“The IDF is continuing to strongly and decisively attack the terrorists in the Gaza Strip,” Netanyahu said in carefully measured words to the Likud faction in the Knesset. “The IDF is ready to expand its operations and continue them as necessary.”
Government officials noted that while some defense officials and politicians had threatened to expand the operations – which began Friday with the killing of the head of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhair Qaisi – this was the first time Netanyahu publicly spoke about the possibility.