DM Liberman: We will settle accounts with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the terrorists in Gaza
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday warned terrorist groups in Gaza that Israel will retaliate for incendiary kite attacks which are causing massive damage to Israeli agriculture.
Liberman revealed that there have been 600 kite attacks, of which 400 were intercepted with technology. The remaining kites caused 198 fires, burning 9000 dunams.
“It must be clear we are unwilling to accept kite attacks, riots on the fence, or attempts to rush the fence and harm land that is under Israeli sovereignty,” Liberman said.
“We will act according to Israel’s interests at timing that is comfortable for us. We will not leave accounts open. We will settle accounts with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the rests of the terrorists operating against us from the Gaza Strip.”
His comments were made as southern Israel residents have been forced in recent weeks to endure an upsurge in the number of flaming kites being flown by Muslim terrorists across the border, causing huge fires that have incinerated agricultural areas and destroyed wildlife.
According to the Nature and Parks Authority, approximately 10,000 dunams in parks and reserves in southern Israel were burned.