Following a violent round of violence with Hamas, Israel’s defense apparatus set out on Monday to extend the promised peace benefits to Hamas, including expanding the fishing zone to 18 miles off the Gaza Strip. In response, a group of Israeli right-wing activists expressed its rage about their government’s capitulation to terror by trying to block the entry of trucks into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing.
Police received a report of the protest by Otzma Yehudit activists outside the crossing, who blocked the trucks and displayed signs reading: “No to a ceasefire, yes to uninterrupted fire.”
During the operation, one of the truck drivers tried to attack the activists with a knife, according to a statement from Otzma Yehudit. The driver claims that the activists beat him with rods in response.
Police detained three demonstrators.
Otzma Yehudit candidate to the Knesset Itamar Ben-Gvir condemned the incident and called for bringing the driver to justice.
“We came here today to tell everyone that opening the Kerem Shalom crossing is a disgrace to the Israeli government,” Ben-Gvir declared, and vowed that “in the next Knesset we will demand: if there is no peaceful routine in the Gaza vicinity, there will be no peaceful routine in Gaza either.”