Hamas chose to continue fighting and Israel will pay the price for that decision: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, 15 July-2014(AP): Israel’s leader says the country will exert “great force” against Gaza’s Hamas rulers after the Islamic militants rejected a truce agreement.

Hamas chose to continue fighting and Israel will pay the price for that decision: Netanyahu

Hamas chose to continue fighting and Israel will pay the price for that decision: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Steinmeier is visiting Israel and later Gaza to discuss tensions between the two countries. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

Israel halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after accepting an Egyptian truce proposal. But with Hamas continuing to launch rockets into Israel, it resumed strikes in the afternoon.

Benjamin Netanyahu said in an evening address aired live on television that Israel has “no choice” but to respond more forcefully.

Netanyahu said “Hamas chose to continue fighting and will pay the price for that decision.”

The Israeli military says Gaza militants fired close to 125 rockets since the truce was to have begun. An Israeli civilian was killed Tuesday by fire from the Gaza Strip, the first Israeli death in more than a week of fighting.