Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that if Hamas chooses to escalate cross-border tensions, Israel’s reaction to the attacks will be measured, reports said Friday.
Netanyahu was speaking during a visit to Moscow on Thursday, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, adding that “sources close to the prime minister said he was not eager to launch a comprehensive operation in the Gaza Strip.”
US President Barack Obama called Netanyahu on Thursday evening and complimented him for using relative restraint in Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Obama also expressed his condolences over the deadly bombing in Jerusalem on Wednesday, reaffirming US commitment to Israeli security, the report added.
Netanyahu was quoted as saying that the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must choose whether to continue negotiations with Hamas or on the other hand, Israel.
The Israeli president had asked Russia to stop supplying anti-ship missiles to Syria, particularly following the revolutions in the Middle East, and that Russia should think well over such deals, Haaretz mentioned.