Hamas said the Israelis shot at Palestinians who "tried to thwart the attack" and called the operation an "assassination of a senior leader".
Lieberman described a Tuesday ceasefire ending the worst escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war as a "capitulation to terror" and announced he was quitting his post. "Gaza's steadfastness sent a political shock wave".
The escalation of violence has threatened to upend weeks of United Nations and Egyptian-led diplomacy to reach a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. We salute the resistance.
The Israeli army estimated there were 20,000 projectiles in Gaza that could be fired.
"The resistance's missiles were launched from here and hit the Zionist depth".
With air raid sirens wailing throughout southern Israel and the explosions of air strikes thundering in Gaza, the sides had appeared to be headed to what would have been their fourth war in a decade.
The escalation came despite Netanyahu's decision to allow Qatar to transfer millions of dollars in aid to the Gaza Strip for salaries as well as fuel to ease an electricity shortage.
Netanyahu is already Israel's prime minister, foreign minister and communications chief. It is unlikely Netanyahu will agree to such conditions, which means that his coalition will probably fall apart, ushering in early elections in the spring of 2019, instead of their original date in November 2019. During a subsequent question-and-answer session he predicted that right-wing voters would "see through the other parties' hypocrisy" and reward his Yisrael Beytenu party with 20 Knesset seats.
"We will dictate the times and circumstances that are right for Israel and are right for the security of our people", Netanyahu said.
Liberman's move makes ideal sense, if one considers that his party, which holds only five of 120 seats in the Knesset, might not make it past the election threshold, as several polls have indicated (Liberman, ironically, was behind the effort to raise the threshold in an attempt to keep Arab parties out of the parliament).
"The government can complete its term", the Likud source said in a statement.
For now, Netanyahu remains in power but the next weeks and months will tell whether the tense calm in the south and shaky government in Jerusalem will hold. Bennett now serves as education minister and heads the Diaspora portfolio.
Netanyahu defended the agreement during a speech on Wednesday, saying he understood the public criticism but that some security-based decisions had to be made without public involvement. Our enemies [Gaza's Hamas rulers] begged for a ceasefire and they know well why.
"In times of emergency, in times of fateful security decisions, [a leader] can not always share with the public the crucial considerations that must be kept hidden from the enemy", said Mr. Netanyahu in a statement released while visiting the grave of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.