Steinitz: Sooner or later we'll have to topple Hamas

March 28, 2010 08:19

Following the weekend clashes in Gaza that left two soldiers dead, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday morning that eventually the IDF would have to re-conquer Gaza and rid the territory of Hamas rule.

"Sooner or later Israel will need to destroy the Hamas regime in Gaza," he told Israel Radio, adding that the group arming itself with long-range missiles could not be tolerated.

Steinitz went on to say that pressure on Israel by the US was neither fair nor useful, since Israel had made two significant gestures to the Palestinians: enabling them to improve their economy in the West Bank and imposing the settlement moratorium.

The minister added that the new feeling in the Middle East that Washington was less friendly toward Israel was not leading to a willingness to compromise among the Palestinians, but rather to intransigence.

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