Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with gravity to terrorist mortars launched into southern Israel this morning. The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon reports that Netanyahu attributed the attacks to Hamas and Islamic Jihad and swore that Israel would respond with "great force":
Israel will “respond with great force” to the barrage of mortar fire on the communities near the Gaza border Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu, speaking in Maalot, said that Jerusalem views with gravity the attacks that he attributed to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. “Israel will extract a heavy price from anyone who tries to harm it,” he said.
Turning to the tension in Syria, Netanyahu said that he has made clear on many occasions that Israel has red lines in Syria. “We will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria and act against us, and to manufacture weapons in Lebanon,” he said.
Netanyahu clarified that Israel acts against Iranian entrenchment through Syria, and not just near Israel's border.