Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued the following statement after its airstrikes on Gaza City:
Hamas and the terror organizations have elected in recent days to escalate their attacks on Israel's citizens.
We are not prepared to make peace with a situation in which Israel's citizens are menaced by the terror of rocket fire.
No country would agree to such a situation; Israel is not prepared to reconcile itself to such a situation.
Today we have damaged the strategic targets of Hamas in a precise fashion; we have substantially damaged the launch capabilities of rockets from Gaza to central Israel and we are damaging the launch capability to Southern Israel.
– Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Today we transmitted a clear message to the Hamas organization and to other terrorist organizations and should the need arise, the IDF is prepared to expand the action.