"On Friday night we attacked and destroyed weapons manufacturing facilities and several other Hamas targets in Gaza. This is the response to the firing of a single rocket from the Gaza Strip which was intercepted by Iron Dome,” said Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“Unlike in the past we no longer make excuses for the terrorists, neither are we defining them as breakaway factions or electrical mishaps. As far as we are concerned, Hamas is the address,’ he added.
Bennett noted that this past year has been the quietest in over a decade for the residents of the south. Israel stopped the transfer of suitcases of dollars to Hamas and switched from a policy of containment vis-a-vis the firing at Israelis to one of zero tolerance, alongside also changing the approach to the residents of the Gaza Strip and opening up for them the possibility of working in Israel.
The Prime Minister also addressed the Iranian threat against Israelis abroad. “We are currently witnessing Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in various overseas locations,” he said. “The security services of the State of Israel are working to thwart attempted attacks before they are launched.
“We will continue to strike those who send the terrorists and those who send those who send them. Our new rule is: Whoever sends – pays.”