Streets of Tel Aviv seen empty as the rocket sirens were heard on Thursday.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Politicians from Israel and abroad warned Gaza's terrorist organizations after two rockets were fired Thursday night at Tel Aviv.
"Hamas violently suppresses its own people demonstrating against Hamas’ rule & failures today and NOW fires rockets at cities in Israel. OUTRAGEOUS! This is what prevents the world from helping the people of Gaza! We strongly support Israel in defense of its citizens. Always!" US President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt wrote on Twitter shortly after the event.
Naftali Bennett, co-chairman of the New Right Party, told Channel 12 that the time has come to "deal with" the terror organizations, but distanced himself from talks about Qatari-funds transfers to the coastal enclave. He said classes would continue as regularly scheduled on Friday.
Benny Gantz, chairman of the Blue and White Party and ex-IDF chief, said the rockets require a "serious" response.
In a statement, he said the "time has come to deal with Hamas and eliminate its head," calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to authorize the IDF to begin a program to "cut off Hamas."
“The rocket fired tonight is a severe event,” Blue and White politician Moshe Ya'alon said on Thursday night, “and it joins a routine of terrorism which is unacceptable and directed mainly to Gaza border communities.”
He further said he trusts the IDF and those who lead it they’ll know how to react and “collect a price for any sort of breach of sovereignty.”
Cities across central Israel told residents they were in constant communication with security forces, including Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Givatayim, Petach Tikva and others.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, a member of the security cabinet, said in a statement that the "serious" incident will result in an "appropriate response."
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement that he would open the city's bomb shelters.
Haim Jelin, former head of the Eshkol Regional Council and currently a member of Yesh Atid, invited his "friends from Gush Dan" to his bomb shelter near the Gaza border.
Eli Yishai, chairman of the Yachad Party, said in a statement that Netanyahu and the security cabinet must "wake up" to the danger at hand.
Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu Party, called on Israel to "return to the policy of punishing those responsible."
Oren Hazan, ex-Likud member and chairman of the Tzomet Party, said in a statement that "it should not be that Israel" capitulates to "terror organizations," while the Union of Right Wing Parties (URP) called on Israel to back up what is says about terror organizations with "actions" and "return security to the State of Israel."
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