Israel supports stability and peace in region, says foreign minister
Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni, commenting the military operations in the Gaza Strip, said that the official Tel-Aviv supports peace in the region.
"HAMAS is responsible for the events in Gaza. Before launching military operations we called the local inhabitants to leave Gaza," Livni said, the AlJazeera channel reported.
Livni said Israel was the friend of Palestinians, and wished them to live in good and peaceful terms.
"Palestinians are not our enemies, but our enemies are HAMAS, Iran and Hezbollah," Livni said.
Israeli Air Forces struck the Gaza Strip at day time on Dec. 27. After six-month truce between HAMAS and Israel expired on Dec. 19, HAMAS fired rockets at Sderot and Ashkelon towns of Israel as a response to murder of four Palestinians.
The military offensive launched by Israel on Dec. 27 claimed lives of 310 people and injured 700. Women and children account for greater part of the dead and injured, HAMAS press service in Gaza said to Trend . HAMAS and Islamic Jihad leaders have promised to revenge Israel for crimes committed in the Gaza Strip.
As a response to Israeli air strikes to the Gaza Strip, HAMAS fired about 60 missiles to Sderot and Ashkelon. Israeli government announced emergency situation in these towns.