Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with opposition leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday afternoon to update him on the security situation, as required by law.
Netanyahu told Army Radio that he received security updates at the meeting, but refused to elaborate. He would say only that there was a disagreement between Olmert and the defense establishment.
"I, along with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and other members of the security establishment, see in the Hamas a strategic threat for Israel," Netanyahu declared. "Hamas is united with Iran and the global Jihad movement, and could certainly expand not just westward, but also eastward from us. We could find ourselves dealing with a Hamas state beginning on the Iraqi border and reaching the outskirts of [Tel Aviv and the surrounding cities in] Gush Dan," he warned.