Top defense source: Next confrontation with Hamas will be its last

A senior defense ministry official says that the next confrontation with Hamas in Gaza will be the last — because after that, Hamas will cease to be a ruling power in Gaza.

According to the source, Israel is not interested in a confrontation and the IDF will not engage in a “war by choice,” but at the end of the day, a clash with Hamas is inevitable.

In a press briefing, the senior defense official termed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is the central problem Israel is dealing with.

According to the source, Abbas is unable, and uninterested in reaching a political settlement with Israel, the source said.