Israeli-Palestinian tension

Added On December 26, 2013

Israel's Defense Minister has said the Israeli army is preparing for a possible escalation in hostilities from Palestinian militants.
This comes after an Israeli worker of the Defense Ministry was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper on the Gaza border fence on Tuesday.
Following recent militant attacks from the Gaza Strip,  Israeli forces deployed another Iron Dome anti-missile battery in the southern city of Sderot on Wednesday.
On the same day, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon made a visit to a military drill in the West Bank.
He says that as far as Israel is concerned, Hamas is the sovereign in Gaza and therefore it is responsible for any attacks carried out from its turf.
SOUNDBITE (HEBREW): MOSHE YAALON, Israeli Defense Minister
"If the peace and quiet will be broken on our side, the same will happen on the Palestinian side. I hope the Hamas and all the other organizations will understand this and maintain peace and quiet. Just in case we are prepared for an escalation."
On Tuesday a Defense Ministry civilian worker was killed by sniper fire from the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory attacks by the Israeli Air Force.
The day before, a rocket fired from Gaza had landed next to a bus stop in southern Israel, killing a 4-year-old girl and her father.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an extended cabinet meeting on Wednesday to deliberate ways to curb the escalation of violence along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.