Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said at a lecture in Kiryat Motzkin that the goal of Operation Pillar of Defense is to restore the calm in Israel's south, reinstate the Israeli deterrence and destroy the stockpiles of long-range missiles belonging to Gaza terror groups.
"This isn't an all-out war, but an operation with defined goals," he said. "We are prepared to launch an extensive ground operation if necessary." The minister stressed that in the event that such an incursion is initiated, "it cannot be stopped midway. We have to go all the way." (Itamar Eichner)