RAW VISION: Explosion over Gaza
Watch and listen to a large explosion over Gaza in the early hours of Saturday morning, which is believed to have struck a Hamas compound. Please note: the explosion repeats three times.PT0M54S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-29img 620 349 November 17, 2012
Israel and Palestine are teetering on the brink of a full-scale war and both sides must pull back before tensions boil over completely, Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr has warned.
Senator Carr said on Saturday that a rocket attack on Jerusalem signified a dramatic escalation of the worsening Middle East conflict and he urged both sides to pull back from the mushrooming conflict.
Israel has begun massing troops at the Gaza border and has given its approval for the recruitment of up to 75,000 reservists.
The minister called on Hamas to cease its rocket attacks on Israel's south, but also called on Israel to ensure its response was proportionate.
"I understand Israel was already considering ground action," Senator Carr said.
"That was before these rocket attacks, so it's extremely serious and a dramatic escalation that has us again, as Australians, calling for both sides to exercise a high degree of restraint.
"Rather than attacks and responses, let's set that aside and have mutual restraint and have both sides - Palestinians and Israelis - commit to resuming negotiations to get that two-state solution."
Militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv yesterday, a clear sign of inflaming tensions.
The rocket attack has dramatically increased the chance that Israel will send in ground troops to take on Hamas.
The Jerusalem and Tel Aviv rocket attacks were the furthest Gaza militants have ever fired into Israel, however, neither missile resulted in fatalities or major infrastructure damage.
Israeli Ambassador to Australia Yuval Rotem acknowledged the calls for restraint, but said the rockets needed to be stopped before Israel would stand down.
"The question is if we exercise restraint and the rockets continue to come all the way from Gaza, how are we going to stop it?" he told Sky News.
"The rockets need to be stopped."
Senator Carr said he hoped the United Nations Security Council could push both sides towards restraint.