This weekend, the Israeli military responded to a terrorist rocket fired into the southern town of Sderot from Gaza. JNS reports that Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman explained that the Jewish state cannot let Hamas arm itself:
Lieberman’s caution comes just days after Hamas threatened to abduct Israeli soldiers on Sunday, showcasing two "prison cells" built especially for future Israeli captives.
"We can't be expected to allow [Hamas] them to rob the residents of Gaza,” Lieberman said. “They charge taxes and instead of building buildings, they built tunnels.”
Speaking during a tour of the northern border, Lieberman said that Hamas knows whenever it goes into a crisis, Israel, the United Nations or the European Union swoop in to solve the problem.
"They’re not interested in solving their own crisis; they just want to build up military power,” he said. "Seventy percent of their tax revenue goes to building up military power and re-arming. They don't want to take care of the citizens, they only want rockets and tunnels."
Following Israel's unusually forceful response – striking dozens of targets across Gaza Monday – to the single rocket that landed in Sderot, there have been no further incidents.