Netanyahu warns Hamas after weekend of rocket fire from Gaza
PM speaks at cabinet meeting after a violent weekend in which Hamas fired four rockets into southern Israel.
Israel will not allow Palestinians in Gaza to launch rockets into Israel and Hamas must prevent such incidents from occurring, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet on Sunday.
He spoke after a violent weekend in which Hamas fired four rockets into southern Israel that landed in open areas without causing injury.
Israel, whose stiff policy has been not to tolerate any rocket fire, retaliated by targeting four Hamas training camps. Debris from the explosions hit a home next to one of the camps killing Yassin Abu Khoussa, 10, and his younger sister Israa Abu Khoussa.
“Our policy with respect to the Gaza Strip is very clear,” Netanyahu said. “Israel won’t tolerate any rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.
“The IDF will respond to such provocation. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Hamas is obligated to prevent [rocket] firing,” Netanyahu said.
He also outlined the steps that Israel is taking to prevent Palestinians living in the West Bank and east Jerusalem from carrying out terror attacks against Israelis.
One such stabbing attack last Tuesday evening in Jaffa killed an American tourist, Taylor Force, 28, and injured 12 others.
Draped in an American flag, Force’s body was flown back to the United States for burial. Force was a US veteran who had survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had been in Israel with his graduate program at Vanderbilt University.
Netanyahu told the cabinet he expected to receive a response from the Attorney General with regard to the legality of expelling the families of terrorists to Gaza.
Israel is also cracking down on Palestinian media outlets that encourage incitement against Israelis and Jews, he said.
Over the weekend the IDF closed an Islamic broadcast station in Ramallah, which Netanyahu said had urged violence against Israel.
“This isn’t a question of freedom of the press, but
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