The ruins of a building in Gaza City following Operation Cast Lead.
On the same day that his government launched missiles at what it described as weapons facilities in the Gaza Strip, Israel’s deputy prime minister threatened to “raise the level of our activity and step up our actions” with “another military operation” in the Palestinian enclave.
In the winter of 2008-2009, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a brutal military campaign in Gaza that was roundly condemned for violating the human rights of civilians. A U.N. report on the conflict found that both Israel and Hamas should be investigated for war crimes during the incident.
AFP via Yahoo:
Israel’s deputy prime minister, Silvan Shalom, warned that the military would soon launch a new offensive on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip unless the rocket fire was halted.
“If this rocket fire against Israel does not stop, it seems we will have to raise the level of our activity and step up our actions against Hamas,” Shalom told public radio.
“We won’t allow frightened children to again be raised in bomb shelters and so, in the end, it will force us to launch another military operation,” said the deputy premier.