Israeli should return to “the policy of assassinations” against Palestinian resistance figures in the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said in a statement to the Israeli army radio on December 26.
Katz statement came following a rocket attack from Gaza on nearby Israeli settlements in the evening of December 25. The attack didn’t result in any losses as all the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
“Intelligence efforts are currently focused on determining who is responsible for ordering missile launch instructions in order to work to eliminate him,” the Anadolu Agency quoted Katz as saying.
Israel’s Science Minister Ofir Akunis, a member of the Security Cabinet, took a more extreme stand, calling for “a major military action” in the Gaza Strip in response to the repeated rocket attacks.
Akunis told Israeli outlet Reshet Bet that Tel Aviv’s peaceful efforts have led to more hostilities by Palestinian armed groups, arguing that military action is the only solution.
“We have extended our hands in peace and instead we get back hostility, sometimes suicide terrorists, sometimes stabbing attacks, sometimes massacres, and more. You have to speak to terror groups in the language they understand – and the prelude to that has to be a major strike that will disable them for years,” the Israeli minister said, according to Hamodia.
No group has claimed responsibility for the recent rocket attack from Gaza. However, the Israeli military responded by attacking positions of the Hamas Movement.
Last November, Israel assassinated a military commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), who was allegedly responsible for rocket attacks on Israel. The assassination led a military confrontation with Palestinian factions, which lasted for more than two days.
The recent Israeli threats indicate that the Gaza Strip may be on the course towards a new round of escalation, with peaceful efforts failing to put an end to the tensions.