Israel had been “subjected to bouts of terror and rocket attacks,” Netanyahu told reporters before going into a meeting with Gates.
“We stand ready to act with great force and great determination to put a stop to it,” he added, with police saying Israel had not been hit by any projectiles Friday morning.
Netanyahu said he had received a “very warm” telephone call from US President Barack Obama on Thursday expressing his condolences after the latest flare-up in violence.
“Any civilised society will not tolerate such wanton attacks on its civilians,” he said.
Gates, a former CIA director with years of experience in Washington, said US-Israel security ties were as strong as they had ever been at a time when the region is in “turmoil.”