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Netanyahu: Terrorists ‘Crossed Red Line,’ Israel Will Respond ‘With Massive Force’

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Netanyahu says terrorists ‘crossed red line,’ Israel will respond ‘with massive force’

Jerusalem, other areas, targeted by incoming rockets as Hamas ultimatum expires. Meanwhile, the IDF announced that it was bracing for additional confrontations amid renewed riots in Jerusalem.

By Israel Hayom, May 10, 2021

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has summoned his senior ministers for a meeting of the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet in the wake of the ongoing escalation in Jerusalem and the Gaza area, while Hamas issued an ultimatum to Israel to stop its efforts to quell the violence.

Israeli authorities vowed a major response in the immediate aftermath of the launches, with Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman vowing to exact a “heavy price” from the Gaza rulers, adding that “this is a major incident and we will not let it slide.”

He added: “If Hamas has yet to understand, they will now, once we act in the Gaza Strip. The message is clear and a large-scale offensive is on the table, as well as any other activity directed against Hamas. We have well-defined contingency plans…this is an unacceptable infringement of Israeli sovereignty and if the rocket fire continues after our response, we will strike again.”

Rockets fired from Gaza last hit the Jerusalem area during a 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the territory.

“The terrorist organizations crossed a red line on Jerusalem Day and attacked us, on the outskirts of Jerusalem,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech later in the evening.

“Israel will respond very forcefully. We will not tolerate attacks on our territory, our capital, our citizens and our soldiers. Whoever strikes us will pay a heavy price,” he said, adding that “Israel will respond with massive force.”

International efforts to stem the violence appeared to have already begun. A Palestinian official told Reuters that Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations, which have mediated truces between Israel and Hamas in the past, were in contact with the group’s leader Ismail Haniyeh.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip into Israel were an “unacceptable escalation.”

Price made the comment at a regular news briefing, adding that the United States was “fully engaged” to promote calm in Jerusalem.

IDF Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said that on Monday, at least six of the 45 rockets fired from Gaza were launched towards Jerusalem’s outskirts, where a house was hit. No casualties were reported.

“We have started to attack Hamas military targets,” Conricus said in a briefing to foreign reporters, putting no timeframe on any Israeli offensive. “Hamas will pay a heavy price.”

 

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