PM Tells IDF to ‘Take the Gloves Off’ in Gaza Operation
Netanyahu orders IDF to increase operation against Hamas; threatens that Gaza will ‘pay heavy price’ for escalation.
By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to threats from Hamas on Tuesday morning, noting that the terror organization “chose escalation” and that it would “pay a heavy price.”
Netanyahu made the statements following his directive to “take the gloves off” in the struggle against Hamas, in a meeting with security and defense officials in the Kirya government building in Tel Aviv.
Earlier Tuesday, Hamas threatened it would not de-escalate the situation.
“There is no place for talking about peace with the Israeli occupation,” Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum stated. “If they want to protect their entity from Hamas’s missiles, they will have to put an Iron Dome [missile defense system - ed.] on every home in Israel.”
“The person who determines the price of conflict with Israel is Hamas, who is doing so with its capabilities and arsenal,” he added.
The IDF launched Operation Protective Edge late Monday night, in response to a barrage of rocket fire on Israel; as of Tuesday morning, over 170 rockets have been fired on Israel in a 24 hour period.