Deputy Minister for Liaison with the Knesset Ofir Akunis said that Hamas' attempt at a coup shows that the Palestinian Authority would not be able to control Gaza.
"This is a warning sign that sharpens our understanding that we cannot let the Left's dreams turn into everyone's nightmare," Akunis said. "This is further proof that the Palestinian unity government was a terrorist government meant to give Hamas legitimization on the way to expand its terrorist nests."
Akunis called for the Left to "wake up from its dreams about Palestinian unity leading to regional peace" and understand that Hamas seeks to harm Israel and its citizens.
Knesset Finance Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) said that "Israeli security cannot be left to the Palestinian Authority."
Slomiansky also called for the Left to "wake up from its dreams," adding that "only a continuous [Israeli] military and civilian presence in Judea and Samaria will prevent the Dan region from being in the line of fire from Judea and Samaria."