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The three-week Operation Cast Lead ended two weeks ago with Israel and Hamas -- which controls Gaza -- both declaring cease-fires.
Livni also rejected diplomatic overtures with Hamas, saying "any negotiations with Hamas, whether direct or indirect, are harmful. From a strategic standpoint ... I think that we should make peace with the moderate elements."
Following the rocket attack in Ashkelon, the Israeli military warned Rafah residents to leave their homes in case there was an airstrike.