This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Negev town of Sderot, a southern city that is often the target of terrorist rockets from Gaza. While speaking to Sderot's residents, The Times of Israel's Michael Bachner reports, Netanyahu reiterated that whether the threat comes from Gaza, from Syria, or from elsewhere, Israel has "a simple rule: If someone tries to attack you —rise up and attack him":
“The first thing that is happening here may be summarized in one word – security: Security for Sderot, security for the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, security for the Negev, security for Israel, security in the future,” Netanyahu said.
“We have one clear and simple rule and we seek to express it constantly: if someone tries to attack you – rise up and attack him. We will not allow, here on the Gaza border, them to hurt us. We will hurt them,” he said.
“Security in the present is a necessary condition for security in the future and what we have here today is a powerful expression for our future security,” Netanyahu said, apparently referring to the dual threats Israel faces in the north and in the south.
Earlier Monday Israeli planes carried out airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip, the army said, hours after a group of Palestinians entered Israeli territory from the enclave and planted two improvised explosive devices along the Gaza security fence.
Israel was also accused of carrying out strikes beyond its northern border...