Netanyahu Vows ‘Very Vigorous’ Response to Any Further Hamas ‘Aggression’ on Israel-Gaza Border
During a visit to southern Israel on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gaza Strip-ruling Hamas over a new wave of violence emanating from the coastal enclave.
“I am aware that in recent days there has been a renewal of Hamas aggression in all sorts of ways,” the Israeli leader said. “Hamas should understand now that any display of aggression will be met with a very vigorous response on Israel’s part. They would do well to understand this now rather than later.”
Early Thursday, IAF planes hit a number of Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the launch of a rocket and several explosive-rigged balloons into Israel.
Later on Thursday, an IDF tank struck a Hamas military position in northern Gaza, after shots were fired at an Israeli tank on the border.
Netanyahu’s trip to the south included a stop at the fence — built at the start of this decade — on Israel’s border with Egypt.
“This fence is a phenomenal success,” he said. “It has completely stopped the entry of hundreds of thousands of people from Africa and the entry into Israel of terrorists from Sinai.”