After an especially violent weekend, the Prime Minister used the cabinet meeting to send a warning to Hamas.
If Hamas does not stop its violent attacks against Israel, then Israel will stop them through forceful actions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
Commenting on the increase in violence along the border fence with Gaza, Netanyahu said that “Hamas has apparently not internalized the message – if they don’t stop the violent attacks against us, they will be stopped in a different way and it will be painful, very painful.”
Netanyahu said that Israel is “very close to a different type of action, action that will include very forceful blows.” He said that if Hamas were smart, “they would stop the fire and the violent riots – now.”
The security cabinet, which generally meets every Sunday afternoon, is scheduled to meet today and – among other issues – discuss the escalation along the Gaza border.
The warning comes after an especially violent weekend in which more than 20,000 squatting Arab barbarians (Palestinians) took part in the weekly “March of Return” riots and multiple attempts to breach the Gaza fence were prevented by IDF forces. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh also exchanged barbs, with Liberman ordering a full halt on gas and fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip.
Three squatting Arab barbarians (Palestinians) were killed in one incident after several Gazans breached the security fence in the southern Strip, and set off a bomb which set a section of the fence on fire. Immediately afterwards, a group of 20 Palestinians was seen crossing the fence and approaching an IDF sniper position, leading troops to open fire and kill the three men. The others returned to the Strip. After several more attempts by terrorists to breach the fence on Saturday, Liberman tweeted: “As long as the violence in the Gaza Strip does not stop completely, including the launching of incendiary devices and the burning of tires close to Israeli communities, the supply of fuel and gas to the Gaza Strip will not be resumed”
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, speaking during the funeral of one of seven squatting Arab barbarians (Palestinians) killed in clashes with IDF soldiers along the border on Friday, said that the demonstrations will continue until the blockade is completely lifted. Referring to the gas and fuel deliveries, Haniyeh said “our marches are not for the sake of solar or dollars. Our people have the right to live in dignity and end the blockade.”
“We will never stop paying the families of the martyrs and the prisoners, despite the efforts to prevent us from doing so,” he said.
He warned that “even if we only have a penny left, we are going to first put it toward these payments.”
The Knesset recently enacted a law on to financially penalize the P.A. for paying stipends to terrorists imprisoned in Israel and their families. The law allows Israel to withhold various tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians as a means of pressuring the P.A. to stop this practice, which has been referred to as “pay to slay.”
Israel has long pushed for the Palestinians to halt the stipends and has said the practice encourages violence. Among the beneficiaries are families of suicide-bombers and other terrorists involved in deadly attacks.
The stipends total approximately $330 million, or roughly 7 percent of the Palestinian Authority’s $5 billion budget in 2018.
Abbas’s statement on Tuesday was made at a meeting with activists promoting the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Abbas said the prisoners of those who “martyred” themselves for the Palestinian cause were the stars of the struggle against Israel, and that’s why they and their families must remain a top priority.
Abbas recalled the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat’s decision to establish an organization to take care of families of prisoners, saying this was one of the first things he did as a Palestinian activist. Abbas went on to award released prisoners honorary medals.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 14th, 2018