Israel warns Palestinians against rocket attacks

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 10:29 AM
Israel warns Palestinians against rocket attacks

Israel's prime minister is warning Gaza militants of a military retaliation if they resume firing rockets at southern Israeli communities.

Benjamin Netanyahu says it must be clear that Israel will not tolerate "a drizzle of rockets and missiles" on its cities.

Netanyahu spoke at a meeting Monday of his Likud party, after two days of relative quiet along the border with the Palestinian coastal strip.

Violence escalated last week with Gaza militants bombarding southern Israel, and Israel retaliating with airstrikes.

Netanyahu says if the attacks continue, "there will be an even more painful military retaliation."

Israel launched a wide military offensive into Gaza two years ago, trying to end years of daily Palestinian rocket attacks.