Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

Hamas: Israel's ground offensive 'foolish' will have 'dreadful consequences'

July 17, 2014 23:58

Spokesperson for the group says move "does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people."


Hamas members are seen close up during a press conference in the Gaza Strip last week.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Hamas said Israel's ground offensive into the Gaza Strip that started on Thursday would have "dreadful consequences".

"It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Thursday night. "We warn Netanyahu [Prime Minister Binyamin] of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."  

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Hamas said in the statement that it would continue to reject any initiative for a ceasefire as long as its conditions are not met.     

Abu Zuhri added that Israel may think that its operation is limited, but it is mistaken. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released a statement on Thursday night after 10:00 saying that the security cabinet approved the ground operation in Gaza after Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, which Hamas rejected.

In addition, the statement said, Hamas even fired rockets during Thursday's five-hour humanitarian cease-fire.

“In light of Hamas' continuous criminal aggression, and the dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel is obligated to act in defense of its citizens,” the statement said.

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Israel
  • Gaza
  • Hamas
  • West Bank
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Abu Ubaida
    August 28, 2014
    Media are Hamas’s main strategic weapons, says visiting US historian


    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 27
      Beer Sheva
      14 - 23
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 13 - 24
      16 - 23
    • 22 - 33
      16 - 31