Israeli Defense Minister: We Don’t Want Escalation but Will Answer Gaza Terror with ‘Forceful Response’

The Times of Israel reports: Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday that while Israel does not want to spark a war with Hamas, it will answer every attack from the Gaza Strip with a “forceful response.”

Liberman was speaking specifically about rocket and mortar attacks that have struck Israeli territory in recent days. Israel has responded by striking Hamas military installations in the Strip.

“We are not looking for adventures and no one wants to push for escalation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip — however, we are determined to protect the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel, and on that point there will be no compromise,” Liberman said at a Tel Aviv event honoring outstanding officers and NCOs.

“All fire from Gaza into the sovereign land of the State of Israel will get a forceful response. Hamas rules the Strip with a firm hand and when it wants to get something or prevent something, it knows how to do that,” he said.

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