Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu told visiting US SecDef Robert Gates that Israel is ready to act with "great force" in response to the continued rocket and mortar barrage directed at Israel's civilians from Hamas in Gaza and the deadly terrorist attack on a bus station in Jerusalem.
"We stand ready to act with great force and great determination to put a stop to it," he added.
"Any civilized society will not tolerate such wanton attacks on its civilians," he said.
For his part, Gates said he was very anxious to discuss "prospects for a two-state solution". I have a feeling that's not exactly Israel's priority right now.
The two met together for 45 minutes and had nothing to say about their meeting afterwards, which is to be expected.
In view of how the West is tied up in Libya and what will almost certainly be the coming new Hamas-friendly regime in Egypt, Israel might be better off taking on Hamas now instead of later.