Liberman warns of next cycle of violence as Hamas builds road near border

A Hamas official says the road, only 250 meters from the border, was being prepared for "a convenient time" to "attack" Israel.

May 31, 2015 00:18
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Gaza border fence

IDF vehicle drives along Gaza border fence [file]. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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After Hamas's announcement that it was building a road near the Israel-Gaza border, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avgidor Liberman accused the government of burying its head in the sand.

"The writing is all over the wall," Liberman said on Saturday, referring to remarks made by a Hamas official that the construction, only 250 meters from the border, was being prepared for "a convenient time" to "attack" Israel. The route is being built across from the Nahal Oz area, something Liberman said could lead to the next round of violence. 

Should an attack ensue, the former foreign minister said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will be solely responsible. "The prime minister insists on staying deaf," he added, even "as Hamas proclaims its intentions from a megaphone."

An investigative committee probing such an incident "will not have to dig deep or into secret protocols...but only look to Hamas' public statements."

Liberman also said Netanyahu should quickly "come to his senses" and do whatever it takes to eradicate the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip. "True leadership needs to know how to deal with threats before it's too late."

Tensions are high after a rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel on Tuesday. Furthermore, since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has been vocal about the rebuilding undergound terror tunnels in order to infiltrate Israel and attack civilians. In October, a Hamas-affiliated website revealed that the movement’s armed wing was continuing to dig terror tunnels.

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