Yitzhak Aharonovitch, the minister for internal security and a member of Netanyahu’s inner Security Cabinet warned, “If we need to go inside in a ground operation, then we will do it. These things are on the table. These options exist. We will not stop anything until the rocket firing ends.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu had hoped for support from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his help to intercede with Hamas for a ceasefire but El-Sisi sees no real threat to Egypt’s national interests so he gave up on any support of Israel. Europe is willing to help, but they are asking for the restoration of the Palestinian reconciliation and a unity government. The Obama administration is of course calling for Israel to show restraint in retaliatory strikes. The State Department condemned the rocket fire on Israeli civilians, did support Israel’s right to defend itself, and said it hoped Israel’s “strong message” would deter further attacks. State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki added, “But certainly, our preference is to de-escalate the situation on the ground.”
How Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to show restraint when early Wednesday morning Tel Aviv had its second rocket siren in two days and 120 rockets Tuesday and it’s brought half of Israel under attack. Iron Dome intercepted 30 rockets so far. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as the towns of Rehovot and Kfar Saba were added as targets by Hamas, between Ashdod and Beersheba. All parts of Israel have had to open air raid shelters. Some of the rockets, like the one that reached Hadera, 110 km away from the Gaza Strip, was identified as a Syrian-made M-302 Khaibar.
Since late Tuesday’s escalation, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the multiple rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza and demanded an immediate halt to the attacks, and Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to take necessary measures to stop the violence.