JERUSALEM, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Israel should retake the Gaza Strip, in response to a earlier barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, local media reported.
Lieberman made the remarks in an interview with Channel 2 news, following the attack of nearly 60 rockets launched by Islamic Jihad members from Gaza toward southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon.
"In my opinion, as it is known, there is no alternative to retaking the Gaza Strip," Lieberman said.
"I will oppose any and all limited exercises of force other than retaking Gaza and bringing an end to this rocket fire once and for all," he said. "The residents of southern Israel cannot continue to live as hostages to terrorists who can fire rockets at will."
Lieberman noted that the timing of the rockets launch was not coincidental, as British Prime Minister David Cameron was visiting Jerusalem, adding that the rockets attack was in response to the Israeli military's raid on Tuesday which killed three Islamic Jihad militants in the strip while they were trying to fire mortar shells at Israeli soldiers.
The Wednesday's rockets attack was the most massive one since the end of operation Pillar of Defense, an eight-day Israeli air raid on the Gaza Strip, in November 2012.
Israel has imposed maritime and land blockade since Hamas, one of Israel's sore foes, violently took over the coastal enclave in June 2007 after routing forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.