Israeli Public Security Minister Calls for Massive Invasion of Gaza

Insists Rocket Firing Requires 'Broad Military Action'

Just one day after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, wounding a woman a sparking a series of major news stories across the Israeli press, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aaronovitch was on state-run TV demanding “broad military action” and a full invasion.

Aaronovitch, a member of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, termed the single rocket strike a “steady shower of missiles” and insisted that the government could no longer allow tolerate a Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israel’s military has launched a number of air strikes against Gaza already since the rocket fire.

Israel last invaded the Gaza Strip in late 2008, a multi-week operation that killed 1,417 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians. The overwhelming popularity of the conflict within Israel swept Yisrael Beiteinu, once a tiny party, into a major coalition partner role, claiming the Foreign Ministry position.

The talk of a new invasion comes as Israeli officials are talking about renewing peace talks with the West Bank’s Fatah faction, though they are conditioning such talks on a pledge from Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas not to seek statehood through the United Nations.

Author: Jason Ditz

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