Avigdor Lieberman said the government was considering moving with full force into Gaza to occupy the territory, as he claimed that “limited action” had been counterproductive and strengthened Hamas.
“We need to decide whether we are going with an alternative that entails fully conquering the Gaza Strip,” Lieberman told Army Radio. “We have seen that limited military action only strengthens Hamas and therefore the alternative is clear.”
In related news, Israel has launched a series of airstrikes in retaliation for Gaza rocket attacks.
The strikes, which the military said targeted 12 locations, including concealed rocket launchers, weapons manufacturing sites and what it called “terror activity” sites, were launched in response to an increase of rocket fire this month.
More than 60 rockets have been launched from Gaza towards Israel in June - more than four times the number in May, the military said.
I don’t know how much influence Lieberman has in setting Israeli policy. Is his comment to be taken seriously?