Israel’s new PM vows to toughen up approaches against Hamas

Naftali Bennett (M) , head of Israel's right-wing Yamina party, is seen during a special session of the parliament to vote on a new coalition government, in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021. [Photo/JINI via Xinhua]

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Sunday that Israel will not tolerate “any more violence” from the besieged Palestinian enclave.

Speaking at a memorial ceremony to commemorate the fallen soldiers during Israel’s 2014 military campaign in Gaza, Bennett said that Israel “has lost its patience.”

He said that Hamas will “have to get used to a different Israeli approach, one of initiative, decisiveness, and suspicion.”

“Our enemies must understand the rules: we will not tolerate violence, we will not tolerate sporadic fire and we will not tolerate renegades,” Bennett said.

The remarks were made about a week after Bennett was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister and amid renewed tensions with Gaza. Last week, Israel carried out two separate series of airstrikes targeting Hamas sites in Gaza after incendiary balloons were sent into southern Israel amid tensions in the annexed East Jerusalem.

On May 21, a shaky ceasefire ended an 11-day war that claimed the lives of 256 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel, according to figures by the health ministries in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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