Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni said Monday that if the government won't exhaust this operation, it will be a disaster for the Israeli public.
"There is a difficult feeling within the Israeli public that once again the government intends to back down and not go all the way with the operation in Gaza, which is a disaster to us. I understand there are diplomatic considerations, but I don't understand why we need to apologize for defending ourselves and operating to eliminate those who are trying to harm us," said Shimoni.
"Should the operation end this way, it would be a political failure as well as a security failure and we will pay for it dearly. The formula 'calm will be met with calm' is unacceptable to us. It's a deception that allows the enemy to accumulate more power.