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May 23, 2021 11:28 am

Senior Likud Minister Says Israel Will Preemptively Strike Hamas Targets

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Smoke and flames rise after an Israeli airstrike in a site of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in the west of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 11, 2021. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

i24 News – Israel will preemptively strike at Hamas targets if it is determined that the Gaza terrorist group is preparing to launch rockets, a top Likud minister said.

In an interview Saturday with Channel 13, Tzachi Hanegbi laid out the Jewish state’s new security doctrine for the coastal enclave following Operation Guardian of the Walls, which will include the ability for the Israeli military to not wait until after rockets are fired to conduct strikes if it is determined that Hamas is restocking its rocket arsenal and preparing to attack.

“We cannot wait for rocket fire” to initiate strikes on Gaza terrorist targets, Hanegbi said.

“This is a total change of the equation. We’ve never done this,” he said.

Hanegbi also said that the previous security policy under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of tolerating Hamas and allowing the Gaza terrorist group to strengthen was a mistake that will be rectified with the new security doctrine.

He also would not rule out conquering Gaza to remove Hamas from power, but only as a last resort because of the high cost of a ground invasion.

Hanegbi predicted 15 years of quiet in southern Israel after the latest conflict with Hamas based on the peace that has held on the northern border following the 2006 war with Hezbollah.

“I’m very optimistic. I don’t know if it’ll be 15 years, maybe more,” Hanegbi said.

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