After the largest Gaza rocket attack on Israel since late 2012, some Israeli ministers criticized former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza, in which Israel relinquished control of that territory to the Palestinian Authority before it was eventually seized by Hamas.
In addition to Hamas, several smaller Islamist terror groups are present in Gaza today, including Islamic Jihad, which was behind the latest rocket barrage.
“Sooner or later we will have to take control of Gaza, in order to get rid of the Hamas regime,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
“We do not need to reoccupy it permanently, but we do need to remove from Gaza the option of firing rockets on us,” he said.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, “We cannot allow the areas that Israel evacuated to be used for terror attacks on us. The only solution is a reversal of the process, a retaking of Gaza.”