Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid declaims during the filibuster on Wednesday night, ahead of the Knesset vote on the Police Recommendations Bill.
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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said that "Hamas and Islamic Jihad should pay a heavy price for this night."
Writing on Twitter, Lapid slammed the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said that "in four years this government is unable to decide on what it is doing, this is what happens when there is no policy."
Zionist Union leader Yoel Hasson called the cease fire, which Islamic Jihad
claims had been reached thanks to Egyptian efforts and the IDf hasn't confirmed or denied yet, "a false cease fire."
Stating that residents of the south and "the citizens of this entire country" are "held hostage by a terror organization" Hasson claimed that Netanyahu "has no policy nor strategy, and he is enabling the continued Hamas rule in Gaza to avoid [having] a diplomatic process with the Palestinians."
Yesh Atid MK and Gaza Border communities resident Haim Jelin said that "at one time they tell us a lighting caused the air sirens to work, then an unruly organization Hamas does not recognize, and now Iran and Syria."
Pointing to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jelin rhetorically asked "you serve as Prime Minister for ten years and you said Hamas is the sole group responsible to what is taking place in the Gaza Strip, so what happened all of a sudden that a terror organization is such a friend you defend it so?"
"Once again terrorist groups dictate policy to us and decide when there will be a cease fire," he said.
Nahal Oz resident Tom Oren Danenberg said that "another white night ended in the shelter. Now there will be a cease fire, or an equation that quiet will be met with quiet or some other lie. We all know that those who decide when we start and when we end are Hamas and Islamic Jihad."
Speaking with Maariv
, Jerusalem Post
's sister publication, Danenberg said that "the IDF will tell us all that this was the most meaningful strike since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict and by next Friday they will release a PR statement that this is the quietest Friday since the creation of the state of Israel."
"In reality they won't do anything," he said, "and we will meet again in a week, a month or two months...spend another white night in the shelter and understand for the who knows what time that we don't really interest them, we bore them."
Over 40 rockets had been fired on southern Israel by Islamic Jihad on Friday night and Saturday morning. In retaliation the IDF struck over 80 targets in the Gaza Strip.
Zionist Union MK Saleh Saad invited Gaza Border communities residents to "leave behind the rockets and the air sirens and reach Beit Jann," the Druze village Saad hails from and still lives in today.
"The heart and the homes of the people of Beit Jann are open to you," Saad wrote on Twitter, inviting people to reach out to him via e-mail or Facebook to locate hosts.
Hagay Hacohen contributed to this article.
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