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Netanyahu: Hamas Mistaken to Think Israel Lacks Unity, Determination or Fortitude

Netanyahu pointed out it's a mistake to underestimate the unity of Israelis when faced with an external threat.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at a cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at a cabinet meeting.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Hamas terrorists Sunday not to underestimate Israel’s ability to hold out under any ‘war of attrition’ the group might attempt.

“We are in the midst of a combined military and diplomatic campaign,” Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s government cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“From the first day, the Israeli delegation to Cairo has worked under clear instructions: Insist on the security needs of the State of Israel. Only if there is a clear response to our security needs will we agree to reach understandings,” he said.

The comment came in response to the rejection by Hamas of an 11-point tentative plan reached Thursday in Cairo, in connection which Palestinian Arab representatives had expressed optimism.

That was before Hamas leaders had made the requisite pilgrimage to see politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, who is based comfortably in Qatar – not with his suffering brethren in Gaza – and who over the weekend with his Qatari handlers immediately nixed the deal.

Israeli officials had maintained silence about the plan throughout the weekend, other than to say that any deal must meet the security needs of the Jewish State.

On Saturday night, Hamas leaders returned to Gaza with bluster and brazen attitude, demanding the inclusion of two points that were turned down by Israel: construction of a seaport and airport in Gaza. Both would create an instant express route for the import of weaponry into the enclave, totally impractical from Israel’s security standpoint since Hamas has proved itself to be without honor and incapable of sticking to agreements or cease-fires for any length of time.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal revealed the White House placed a ‘hold’ on an imminent delivery of Hellfire missiles that was due to arrive in Israel and issued an order to the Pentagon that future military transactions must be scrutinized directly by the State Department and the Oval Office.

The move emboldened Hamas and its backers, who might otherwise have reached the point of understanding that it was in the best interest of Gazans for Hamas to reach an agreement for quiet, if not peace, with Israel. Instead, the terrorist group decided it would prefer to continue its campaign of terror.

Late Saturday night, Hamas officials announced that Israel should prepare for a “long war of attrition” if the Jewish State is not willing to “meet all our demands.”

But that’s a mistake, Netanyahu said, despite the sporadic demonstrations that terrorists have seen on television protesting against the government’s handling of the conflict.

“In the past month Hamas has taken a severe military blow. We destroyed its network of tunnels that it took years to dig. We intercepted the rockets that it had massed in order to carry out thousands of deadly strikes against the Israeli home front. And we foiled the terrorist attacks that it tried to perpetrate against Israeli civilians – by land, sea and air,” Netanyahu said.

“If Hamas thinks that it can cover up its military loss with a diplomatic achievement, it is mistaken,” he warned. “If Hamas thinks that continued sporadic firing will cause us to make concessions, it is mistaken.

“As long as quiet is not restored, Hamas will continue to take very harsh blows. If Hamas thinks that we cannot stand up to it over time, it is mistaken.

“In the stormy and unstable Middle East in which we live, it is not enough that there be more strength, determination and patience are also necessary. Hamas knows that we are very strong but maybe it thinks that we do not have enough determination and patience, and here it is making a big mistake.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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13 Responses to “Netanyahu: Hamas Mistaken to Think Israel Lacks Unity, Determination or Fortitude”

  1. Guy Peters says:

    Take the war to break hamas ,
    Obliterate hamas then Islamic jihad & fartah too as they are all evil groups ,with them ground into dust ,peace may have a chance it can be done ,the time is now.

  2. United Kingdom, be united! Do not let Islam take over! They occupy the West and using democracy against you! Wake up It is not a nightmare, it’s a reality !!!

  3. Israel does not – apparently – study Flavius Josephus – disunity was the real reason Israel succumbed to the Romans…

  4. Israel does not – apparently – study Flavius Josephus – disunity was the real reason Israel succumbed to the Romans…

  5. Rafael? The leaders in the UK are afraid to come out against Muslims. They don’t want to be called racists. The MP in Bradford declared that his city is Israeli free. It looks like no punishment will be his because the police don’t consider that a hate crime. More Jews here are worrying whether to mentally prepare an escape plan. Baruch ha Shem, we have Israel to go to.

  6. Rafael? The leaders in the UK are afraid to come out against Muslims. They don’t want to be called racists. The MP in Bradford declared that his city is Israeli free. It looks like no punishment will be his because the police don’t consider that a hate crime. More Jews here are worrying whether to mentally prepare an escape plan. Baruch ha Shem, we have Israel to go to.

  7. <3 This time, not last time..

  8. <3 This time, not last time..

  9. I guess the presidents new adviser is Qutar. They seem to be telling him what to do. Kerry is the yes wimp

  10. I guess the presidents new adviser is Qutar. They seem to be telling him what to do. Kerry is the yes wimp

  11. Israel..great people loving people

  12. Ed Kaplan says:

    I don’t get it! Is Israel waiting for Hamas to reload? The time the strike is Now, DO IT! Time to flatten Gaza!

  13. Ed Kaplan says:

    Question,
    Why do Muslims have a thing for goats? Is it because there women are more masculine then the men?

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