Gilad Sharon, son of war criminal and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, writing in The Jerusalem Post:
We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn't stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren't surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.
There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.
Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin said that hours before Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military leader received a draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel.
The draft also included mechanisms for maintaining a cease-fire during upticks in rocket fire between Gaza and Israel, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday, citing Baskin. He reportedly had a relationship with Hamas leaders after he helped negotiate a deal to release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years.
Israeli officials ordered the hit on Jabari despite knowing about the truce draft, Baskin told Haaretz. […]
The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.
Electronic Intifada, “Dancing Israeli students chant “Death to the Arabs” at rally backing Gaza slaughter":
Israeli students at Haifa University danced and chanted “Death to the Arabs” at a rally on Sunday to support Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip. [...]
Michael Ben-Ari, member of the Israeli Knesset, quoted in Russia Today:
“There are no innocents in Gaza, don’t let any diplomats who want to look good in the world endanger your lives – mow them down!”
From the same Russia Today article cited above, we learn:
A group of Israelis demonstrating in Tel Aviv on Thursday night shouted “They don’t deserve to live, they need to die”, “May your children die” and “Now we want to go back there [Gaza] and kick out all the Arabs”.
Al Arabiya News, “Obama supports Israeli right to defend itself amid Gaza truce talk”:
"Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” Obama said, adding, "if that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that is preferable."
"The United States has given us the full backing to take whatever measures are necessary to defend our citizens from Hamas terror," he said. "Israel has received unequivocal and outstanding support from the United States and all branches of government. From the White House, from Congress, in both parties, completely bipartisan support."
Jerusalem Post, "Polls: Huge support for operation, not invasion":
A poll taken by Panels for the Israeli Center for Political Training found that 85 percent of Israelis believe embarking on the operation was the correct decision. But when asked what should happen next, 45% said to continue air strikes, 22% said to seek a cease-fire and just 25% recommended a ground offensive.
A Dialog poll taken for Haaretz had similar results, with 84% supporting the operation, 39% saying it should be continued by air, 19% calling for an immediate cease-fire and 30% backing a ground operation.
A Midgam poll taken for Channel 10 on Thursday, the first full day of the operation, found that 91% of Israelis supported it. Seventy-six percent called for it to continue and 22% said to seek a cease-fire.
Netanyahu and Barak fared well in all of the polls, which showed that an overwhelming majority of Israelis do not believe they began the operation for political reasons.