“I don’t believe in reaching an arrangement with Hamas.”
Israel has reached a breaking point regarding the situation in Gaza, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Monday, and “anything less than the toughest response won’t help anymore. We have exhausted the other options.”
Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the defense minister said, “Wars are only conducted when there is no choice, and now there is no choice.”
Liberman slammed Hamas, saying the terrorist organization was behind recent violence from the Gaza Strip, and pays large sums to protesters.
“There is no popular uprising,” Liberman said. “There is violence organized by Hamas. Fifteen thousand people don’t come by foot to the border at their own will. They come by bus and are paid.”
Liberman said Hamas “controls the levels of the flames,” but Israel can take steps to maintain its deterrence.
“I don’t believe in reaching an arrangement with Hamas,” he said. “It hasn’t worked, doesn’t work and won’t work in the future.”
The security cabinet met on Wednesday night to consider possible reactions to the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip that hit a house in Beersheba earlier that day. Its decision was not publicized, so Liberman’s statement could be the first indication of possible steps ahead by the IDF.