Hana Levy Julian
Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization has vowed to continue carrying out its daily terror attacks and border violence until Israel lifts its blockade on the enclave, according to Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.
“Our marches are not for the sake of solar (gasoline) or dollars,” Haniyeh said. “Our people have the right to live in dignity and end the blockade.”
The reference was to fuel supplied to the Gaza power plant last Tuesday from Israel after Qatar donated payment for the supplies – and the fact that supplies to the enclave have been stopped until the violence ends.
Speaking during funerals for those killed in Friday’s violence at the Gaza border, Haniyeh vowed the attacks and violence would continue until the “siege on Jerusalem, al-Aqsa and all the lands of Palestine is lifted. . . The strength of will and the determination of our people in the march of return will lead to victory over the crimes of the occupation. The blood of the martyrs brings us closer to victory over the Zionist enemy,” Haniyeh proclaimed.
The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said seven Gazans were killed during the violence at the border this past Friday, during which Hamas-led attackers threw rocks, burning tires, live fireworks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers while storming the security fence along the Gaza border. Arab media reported around 150 rioters injured.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah supported Hamas, calling on the international community in a statement on Saturday to “put an end to the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, especially the massacres that are being perpetrated against the peaceful demonstrators in the Gaza Strip.”
Netanyahu warns Hamas:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told the weekly Cabinet meeting that Hamas, apparently, has not internalized Israel’s message.
“If they do not stop the violent attacks against us, they will be stopped in a different way and it will be painful – very painful,” Netanyahu warned, adding, “We are very close to a different kind of activity, an activity that will include very powerful blows. If it has sense, Hamas will stop firing and stop these violent disturbances – now.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted Saturday night that “as long as the violence in Gaza – including sending incendiary balloons and burning tires opposite Israeli towns – does not cease completely, we will not renew the provision of fuel and gas to Gaza.”
The PM also said the new draft law was good and balanced: “It balances the needs of the military, which prepared it, and, of course, the needs of the Haredi public.”
“This law needs to pass,” Netanyahu insisted. “The time has come to put it behind us. This is my position. This also needs to be the position of the government, for the good of the country, of the Haredi public, and for relations between the Haredi and the secular. Therefore, I call on the Council of Torah Sages, which is convening today, to make the right decision. This law is good for Israel.”
At the Knesset summer session, the coalition factions, with support from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, passed the draft law as outlined by the Ministry of Defense, in an initial reading. United Torah Judaism and Shas opposed the bill, but later, Shas chairman Minister Aryeh Deri said that this is a good compromise bill, and that it is not worthwhile dismantle the coalition over it.